Joint forces practice at fighting an urban war

Joint forces practice at fighting an urban war

Sensors designed for urban warfare found about 80 percent of the virtual enemies in last month's Urban Resolve military exercise, remotely hosted by the Joint Forces Command in Suffolk, Va., San Diego and Fort Belvoir, Va.

Participants from all the military services tried to find adversaries in a futuristic, 2015 urban setting where virtual civilians were traveling to work and going to lunch.

The blue-team defenders hunted red-team enemies via several virtual sensor platforms including unmanned aerial vehicles and X-ray sensors'all part of a large simulation program with 109,000 people and vehicles, plus 1.6 million buildings. Military supercomputers hosted the simulation in Maui, Hawaii, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, with help from 18 industry and academic partners.

The experiment was about 'sensors deceiving sensors and sensors attacking sensors,' said Mike Hall, the command's senior concept-development mentor for experimentation.

Sensors in urban areas have limited capability because of trees and buildings. Some of the sensors used by the blue force could 'see' through foliage, metal and wood. The command is developing facial recognition sensors for the simulation, which will continue until fiscal 2007 to train joint forces.

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