The Development of a Virtual McKenna Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) Site for Command, Control, Communication, Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Studies

Report No. ARL-TR-4139
Authors: David R. Scribner and Patrick H. Wiley
Date/Pages: June 2007; 25 pages
Abstract: Virtual environments are being used more frequently by researchers to collect human performance data before and in lieu of costly field experiments. The McKenna Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) site at Fort Benning, Georgia, is used for training and experimentation with Soldiers using new equipment and tactics. A low-cost reusable virtual representation of the McKenna MOUT site was built with the use of a popular first-person shooter PC game, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield1, which focuses on small unit tactics in complex urban environments. The focus of this report is the process of building a new, cost-efficient, high-fidelity custom environment complete with accurate representations of buildings, terrain, vegetation, and combinations of enemy units and objectives to model real training situations.
1Raven Shield is a trademark of Red Storm Entertainment.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: June 1, 2007