US Special Forces Upgrade Mission Readiness

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The US special forces are always looking for new ways to develop their situational awareness. Recently, it was announced that the special forces installed a new technology, named Common Database Builder (CDB), which helps forces view a common operational picture, through a 3D map.

The technology was created by Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting Inc. (VATC), a leader in delivering advanced Distributed Missions Operations training environments to government and commercial customers around the world. The system was also installed at the organization that produces and maintains 3D visualization databases and enhanced geospatial data for simulated training exercises with Special Operations Forces. As part of the installation, the product will be used for the first time to assist in training and exercise mission planning and rehearsal with the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army.

“VATC got its start serving special forces, and we designed CDB Builder with our deep knowledge of that community’s existing capabilities and evolving needs,” Sara Moola, the company’s co-founder and CEO told “Based on that understanding, VATC’s CDB Builder allows users to view a common operational picture, quickly adjust and manipulate their data and see a real-time impact, all at a lower cost than any previous solution available. We believe that this innovative tool will play a critical role in transforming mission readiness for SOF and conventional forces.”

The CDB Builder is a open-standard geospatial database tool for enhanced synthetic visualization. The builder provides users with a 3-D map of the world that can be manipulated to reflect different conditions and visualizations, including night vision, forward-looking infrared, radar and computed-generated forces. Users can build their own models and share them system-wide in real-time, enabling greater collaboration among forces in singular or joint exercises.