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Decision Rooms

A Battalion at Camp Lejeune has set up Decision Rooms in the barracks. It started out with 14 computers in June. Now it has well over 200 computers and 6 Decision Rooms in the barracks that is open 24/7 for the Marines to use.

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Doesn't tear up vehicles, less chance of injuries, doesn't take up as much room...awesome.

We're seeing more VR training coming into the LE scene. It is amazing in terms of possibilities.
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looks very good actually!

Only to get larger I suppose? More funding etc.
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looks very good actually!

Only to get larger I suppose? More funding etc.
We screwed up on numerous occasions.....

When we first deployed the Deployable Virtual Training Environment (DVTE), we sent over 8,000 Dell M6300s out to the Battalions in 2006-2008. The computers and the software was completely locked down, the units couldn't add new software that hadn't been through Government Acceptance Testing.

The Simulation Centers ended up taking control of the computers and contractors did the training. It became just as difficult scheduling simulation training as it was scheduling live fire training.

The LtCol called me back in May to see if there was something that could be done to break the cycle. Currently the DVTE consists of Dell M6800, the old 6300s are supposed to be turned in for destruction because they are no longer a program of record. What we did was get the old computers to make the 8 Decision Rooms in the Battalion. They are no longer part of a program so it doesn't matter what is put on them.

We also got the Office of Naval Research (ONR) involved, that is why in addition to the simulations you see drones capturing highly detailed 3D maps of Lejeune and with the holo glasses the Marines can do the estimate of the situation by 'entering' the terrain at ground level.

The good news is that the General's are liking what they see....a Battalion creating a new capability using old out of date equipment. I think they will be unlocking the DVTE in the near future and probably making the DVTE mirror the Decision Rooms.

The great thing about this is that the Marines have 24/7 access to the rooms because they are in the Barracks. They go in there and game each other sometimes over beers at 02:00 in the morning.

The Marine Corps Gazette is going to be running articles on this next month,
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I would think for security you would just have them on a non dod network

I know at work I got one computer for company and another to run programs that I have do not have to go through the company IT waiting a few days to install software is a pain or downloading data
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More videos of what this Battalion is doing:

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Keep in mind, this is an Infantry Battalion that is doing this. This same Battalion took Super Squad competition this year.
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FEX II; Terrain study using HoloLens to get a 3 D first person view of the objective. The 3D terrain was made using their Phantom DJ quad copter.
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Using live rounds against virtual targets.....

The Instructor places virtual targets in the impact area. The forward Observer can see the targets in his glasses, binos, & range finder. He has to work up fire missions to take the targets out, some of them are moving.

The television normally doesn't go out to the field with them, it was out there for a dog & pony show.
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Here is part of the AAR that I submitted from my three hour visit, it doesn't include the Observation, Discussion, and Recommendations:


From August 2016: In the CO’s Conference Room, a Spartan Helmet & Shield are hanging from the wall.
“The hippeis belonged to the first mora and were the elite of the Spartan army, being deployed on the honorary right side of the battle line. They were selected every year by specially commissioned officials, the hippagretai, from among experienced men who had sons, so that their line would continue.”
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The Spartan Helmet, Shield, Spear, & Breast plate are no longer hanging on the CO’s Conference Room wall. Different pieces of the Spartan gear are now kept at the Company Offices and displayed front and center on ‘gear trees’ during formations. The right to display the gear is won through competition.
This was my 4th visit to V2/6 to observe; the first visit was during the change of command in June.
The second visit was in August to witness training being done with the Decision Room, with ad hoc collection of computers that were due for DRMO and software that has been around since 2002. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) had also brought in a project that they were working on; Accelerating Development of Small Unit Decision Making (ADSUDM). I talked to some of the Marines from the Battalion and received mixed reviews. They weren’t really sure where the Battalion was going with this concept.
In September during Marine Week in Nashville I ran into a L/Cpl from Fox Company. I asked him about the Decision Room. He explained how he worked on Fireteam, Squad, and Platoon tactics at 02:00 the day before they left for Nashville.
The third visit was in November during the Battalion’s Technology and Innovation Week. By this time the Decision Rooms had expanded from one to nine, all of them in the barracks. The 81’s Platoon was using the Augmented Immersive Team Training (AITT) for training. The Battalion was integrating the Instrumented Tactical Engagement Simulation System II ( ITESS II) data into the Interactive Tactical Decision Game (ITDG) and they had their first use of a Phantom DJ Quad Copter to model the North East Corner of the MOUT facility. There were cognitive scientist conducting evaluations and biometrics being collected. The Battalion was making Combat Decision Range Scenarios using GoPro cameras. Throughout the week there was Squad completions being held using Deployable Virtual Training Environment (DVTE) simulations. At the conclusion of the scenario, the Marines would gather in small groups outside of the Battalion CP and discuss what went right and what went wrong.
Tuesday 13 Dec 16
My fourth visit was only for 3 hours. I linked up with the Battalion at Golf-3 Observation Post to observe Forward Observer training being conducted with live ammunition against virtual targets using the AITT. After observing the training I left the hill to talk to some Marines about the training. They pointed out that there wasn’t a need for virtual targets because there were real targets on the range. I mentioned that most of those targets were probably on the range twenty years ago and probably still on the old maps that I used back then. This is when we came to the understanding that the virtual targets offered training in locating new targets and the target location could change constantly. I then left for the MOUT Facility.
I arrived at the MOUT Facility CP about 20 minutes before LtGen Wissler. I had a chance to get an advanced look at what was about to be presented. The Battalion, with help using ONR hardware had completed the 3D map using a Phantom DJ quad copter. Using the HoloLens with the 3D map they were able to discover terrain obstacles that were not present on other terrain data bases. The S-2 used the HoloLens to brief the Battalion which then launched reconnaissance assets within two hours and complete the planning in a little over four hours. The H&S CO stayed in the ITESS van and focused on data collection while the Companies conducted force on force training. All data was fed into the ITDG.
LtGen Wissler was briefed on the Battalion’s training SOP
In garrison the Marines have unlimited access the Decision Rooms. Daily to include weekends and holidays Marines use Tactical Decision Game (TDG) software to practice decision making repetitions. A few days before a FEX begins the Marines start planning using the hololens and ITDG. The Company orders are passed down to the platoons using the ITDG. Mission planning is then done out in the field using ITDG and hololens. During the execution, I TESS II captures all of the data on movement and engagement. This data is then fed into the ITDG and the small unit leaders are given an AAR in the field. When the Battalion returns to garrison all of the data is accessible as a TDG for the Marines study down to the individual level.


This is without a doubt the best training that I have ever witnessed. The finished TDG is an objective assessment of training that was completed and can be easily referenced by anyone in the Battalion to build on lessons learned. The ITDG is being used as the ‘glue’ that binds the various training systems into one manageable and recordable training event.
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The Office of Naval Research just released this:

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=98437

My favorite part was Cpl Z's

"The Spartan Week technology enabled all Marines, from squad leaders to riflemen, to evaluate their ability to make fast decisions," said Cpl. Fredrick Zuberer. "Marines tend to focus on using their bodies as weapons, but the most important weapon is the mind. Spartan Week helped sharpen that weapon beyond just pulling a trigger."

My article is due to be released next week.
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The Gazette published an article that I wrote on their website today. It will be in the March edition of the magazine:

https://www.mca-marines.org/person/g...ichols-usmcret

Edit; the Gazette Editor just informed me that he will be opening this up as free content tomorrow so that non members can read it.

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First four battalions get it next month.

It's awesome that we were able to start out with 14 laptops from 2008 that were supposed to be destroyed and built it into a new capability.
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