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UK’s single synthetic environment could support C2, training, experimentation

02 October 2019
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The UK is running a year-long experiment to develop a single synthetic environment (SSE) which, if successful, could speed up headquarters (HQ) command processes, support mission rehearsal, and provide a standard training environment.

This is "a hugely ambitious programme, designed to test the boundaries of what is possible using existing technology", Brigadier General Frazer Lawrence, head of warfare development in the UK's Joint Forces Command, said at the IQPC Disruptive Technology for Defence Transformation conference in September.

He said the programme, which started in May 2019, is intended to establish whether technology is sufficiently mature to build a viable and credible model of an area that can replicate all five domains (land, sea, air, space, and cyber) and the associated information environment, which can be constantly updated with live feeds and which can offer a decision support process 60-100 times faster than real time.

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