BLM expands virtual firearms training

The Bureau of Land Management last week tapped Advanced Interactive Systems Inc. to train land management enforcement officers using the Seattle company's firearms training simulators.

Under the five-year contract, the Seattle company will train more than 300 officers on its Prisim systems. Training is scheduled to begin this month. The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a ceiling of $500,000, according to the bureau.

The simulators can present video scenarios to trainees where they must make quick decisions about which actions to take, said Melissa Milburn, vice president of corporate communications for Advanced Interactive Systems. The systems can train individuals in basic marksmanship, use-of-force options and critical decision-making.

Video footage shown on a pair of full-sized screen changes in response to actions taken, Milburn said. Each user is given a laser firearm and the simulator can fire harmless nylon bullets at the trainee to simulate real gunfire.

The contract is open to federal agencies, said Tim May, president of Advanced Interactive Systems.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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