Early this year, AOS was invited to visit the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) at the Glynco campus, Brunswick, Georgia, to demonstrate our CoJACK-VBS2 integration software. Since FLETC instructors would begin VBS2 indoctrination in March, it was agreed a presentation at their June 17 Demo Day would be appropriate.
Senior Scientist Rick Evertsz, Ph.D., and Andy Park, Director of North American Operations, represented AOS at the event and were immediately impressed by the FLETC campus and facilities. The training complex is a massive 1600 acres (the site was originally the Glynn Naval Air Station) and a map was needed to find your way through the maze of roads and buildings. Moreover, the campus was crowded with a variety of uniformed personnel since virtually all US Federal law enforcement officers train there during their careers (think Customs & Border Patrol, Transport Security Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Air Marshals, Secret Service, etc.)
FLETC’s modern Computer Training building served as Demo Day HQ and morning and afternoon presentations were held there in new, fully-equipped teaching labs each seating about 35 students.
Rick and Andy showed the FLETC instructors the latest CoJACK-VBS2 demo scenarios which now include an Iraqi village scene and a buried IED (Improvised Explosive Device). In this scenario, the trainee/player locates the IED by observing the behaviour of the villagers (e.g. they will avoid certain areas if they believe an IED is nearby).
Lively discussions followed both presentation sessions as the instructors recognized the advantages of CoJACK integration for VBS2 training. Because CoJACK agent actors mimic human behaviour, they react to the actions of the trainee/player as if they were real humans. This capability eliminates the current manpower requirement for multiple FLETC trainers to act as “pucksters” during a training session. With CoJACK, one supervisory instructor is all that’s required to provide a real, life-like action-reaction experience for the trainees.
AOS would like to thank the staff and instructors at FLETC for their hospitality on Demo Day and special thanks to Joey Mink and Mike Robbs for the invitation to participate.