IED attack simulator designed for soldiers, not gamers
by Mark R
What you are seeing here is not a new video game, but a simulation exercise at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center. It is located near Edinburgh, Indiana and it is designed to prepare soldiers for IED (improvised explosive device) attacks.
With the mounted jeep and large screens, it is designed to replicate the conditions that occur with IED situations like in Afghanistan. This includes simulated explosions, smoke, noise, and poor visibility.
Spc. Darren J. Ganier-Slotterbeck has said that “if we’d had the ability to go through training like this at the time, those deployments would have been a lot different.” Ganier-Slotterbeck was deployed three times with the Marines in the past ten years, and he has had to deal with real-life IED situations like the main character in The Hurt Locker.
Every time I go to video game conventions, the U.S. Army always has some sort of booth on display. I don’t know if it is some sort of recruiting tactic, but the booth usually has some sort of set up like this IED simulator there.
In other words, you might want to be on the lookout for this type of simulator at a video game convention near you. Hey, I would love to try it out, and if it helps our soldiers, that is an added bonus.