What Is It?
A former tomato-packaging plant converted into a 32,000 square-foot military urban training center at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
How Does It Work?
Uses sets, sound systems and special effects – including holograms and pyrotechnics – to simulate a Southwest Asian village in the midst of combat. Equipped with laser-tag-like weaponry, Marines walk through realistic dwellings, alleys and other settings, encountering civilians and enemy combatants for a more realistic training experience.
What Will It Accomplish?
Outside of the technological enhancements, the $2.5M investment in reconfiguring the facility will be invaluable to U.S. forces preparing for deployment overseas.