Here is what Marines really need for realistic simulations training

By: Todd South September 28, 2018

Lance Cpl. Preston Shay, a combat videographer with 2nd Marine Division Combat Camera uses an Augmented Immersive Team Trainer system during the Spartan Emerging Technology and Innovation Week on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. (Cpl. Abraham Lopez, Marine Corps)

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va., ― Last year at the annual military expo here, Commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller told industry his vision for simulations is a kind of Star Trek-like holodeck in which any Marine could fight any battle on any terrain in virtual reality.

Since then, Secretary of Defense James Mattis has said that close combat infantry units should fight 25 battles before they ever taste real combat.

This year one of the Marines in charge of bringing those simulation dreams to reality laid down some of the tangible needs of the Corps now and in the near-term.