Synthetic Teammates for Realtime Anywhere Training and Assessment (STRATA) enables a new and innovative way to bring effective mission training to teams and individuals. STRATA offers, for the first time, truly on-demand team training, through a novel integration of synthetic agents, intelligent tutoring, and scenario-based training. STRATA avoids the constraints presented by scheduled training at designated facilities by providing local or distributed team training, with or without the entire team present, integrating intelligent tutoring, scenario tools, and interactive synthetic teammates into existing or developmental simulations. Using standards-based interoperability protocols such as HLA, STRATA can be integrated with a broad range of technologies, from high-fidelity simulators to game-based desktop trainers.

The initial STRATA module provides Close Air Support (CAS) team training, giving STRATA users the option to assume the role of aircrew or observers (Forward Air Controllers and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers). In the aircrew role, a STRATA user flies an attack aircraft along with a synthetic wingman and coordinates the strike digitally and verbally with a FAC or JTAC who could be another user or a synthetic agent. In the observer role, the STRATA user is the FAC or JTAC, and coordinates the strike through digital and spoken communications with the tactical air team, whether the aircraft are being flown by users or synthetic pilots. In either role, STRATA collects performance measures automatically and provides each user with a tailored debrief.

STRATA capabilities continue to expand into new applications and environments, including:

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CAS training for F/A-18 users in the AirBook simulation environment

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FAC and JTAC training using the FACSIM training product from TNO

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CAS part-task training for networked users in consumer-level PC-based flight simulation

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FAC and JTAC training in the Cleared Hot application from NPS MOVES Institute

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USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training using PC-based voice comms simulation

 

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