Nothing can ever truly prepare you for a combat situation. When serious trouble shows up, rules often go out the window. Murphy’s Law is in full effect, and an individual’s responses and performance often depend on his or her level of training and experience. Training—the muscle memory for survival—doesn’t get ingrained unless you get force-on-force training.
Unfortunately, it is very difficult to recreate a combat-like situation in a real-world environment. Individuals can train alone, in one- or two-person simulators, or rely on paper targets in a shoothouse, but none of these options truly have that “real feel.” What is also lacking is that the environment often drives a team’s combat response.
So how can a team train in a combat environment, short of actual combat? Raytheon may have a solution that couples training with real-world combat simulation.
For years, pilots have benefited from flight simulators that put the pilot into a virtual cockpit that feels and responds like a plane. The simulator recreates the flight and thrusts pilots into a variety of situations within a virtual world. This type of simulator has not been available to law enforcement or other tactical operators, and older training simulators on the market are often geared for an individual or for two people at most.