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Videogames vs. Terrorists

Feb. 3 2009, Published 12:03 p.m. ET

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The United States Office of Naval Research has received $36 million from the Pentagon to teach soldiers to play videogames. More specifically, they're training with virtual reality technology to fighting terrorists.

Called the Future Immersive Training Environment Joint Capability Technology Demonstration, the course will, according to the ONR, be "a critical, one-of-a-kind futuristic training program in which warfighters would train here at home in preparation for the types of small, urban and borderless conflicts that have spread throughout the middle east and other regions of the world."

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According to navy researcher George Solhan, the purpose is to create "physically and mentally adaptable joint warriors winning and surviving in all phases of warfare."

Ironically, this new program is getting a fraction of the budget games like Grand Theft Auto receive.


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