Anti-Mechanized Defense: A Computerized Simulation for Squad Leader Training.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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Marine Corps doctrine requires deployment of one combat engineer platoon with each BLT. Engineer squad leaders provide anti-mechanized defense expertise to Battalion Landing Team rifle company commanders. This expertise includes the effective use of barriers and obstacles in conjunction with organic direct fire antimech weapons and combined arms support. Current squad leader training in these areas is limited due to budget, equipment, and training area constraints during both shipboard and ashore periods. Gaming has proven a satisfactory approach in supplying this training. This research developed a two-player, Pascal-based, computerized simulation incorporating USMC and Soviet direct and indirect fire weapons, standard barriers and obstacles, and appropriate Soviet tactics. Development of the game included initial verification and validation testing through comparison of game responses to MCCRES standards and interpretation of actual Marine enlisted playtesting. The completed prototype war game was shown to provide realistic and enjoyable training on the squad leader level. Author
- Humanities and History
- Land Mine Warfare