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Mission Possible: Simulation-Based Training and Experimentation on Display


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A sailor training at the U.S. Navy's Fleet Integrated Synthetic Training/Testing Facility.

The Fleet Integrated Synthetic Training/Testing Facility (FIST2FAC) software and gaming technology allows sailors to interact with artificially intelligent synthetic forces in countless settings.

Credit: John F. Williams/U.S. Navy

Researchers at the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) have developed the Fleet Integrated Synthetic Training/Testing Facility (FIST2FAC), software and gaming technology for training sailors.

The researchers say FIST2FAC offers an affordable and adaptive way to train sailors for combat scenarios. Sailors interact with artificially intelligent forces and can prepare for a variety of missions and operations in various settings. FIST2FAC can replicate complex situations involving aircraft carriers, helicopters, lethal and nonlethal weapons, and other situations.

"FIST2FAC allows sailors to 'train like they fight' by presenting realistic forces in a visual, tactical, and operational environment," says ONR's Glenn White.

The Navy is using the system to simulate fast-attack craft threats, anti-submarine warfare, and strike group operations with aircraft carriers, destroyers, and helicopters. Navy officials say this is the future of training, and they want to offer the capability on ships at sea.

"With simulation, you can explore endless possibilities without the expense and logistical challenges of putting hundreds of ships at sea and aircraft in the sky," says ONR's Terry Allard.

From Office of Naval Research
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