Science, Technology and America’s Military
When it comes to the latest and fastest computers there is one place that all that technology can be found, the United States Military. There is no doubt that the U.S. Military is one of, if not the most technologically advanced armed forces in the world.
“Over our countries development we have changed from a “grind it out” fighting machine, to a more advanced, rapid tactical corps to meet the different battle situations found in today’s world.”
This transformation has taken place largely in the last century with the advancement of computer technology helping to reshape the battle field to our advantage. Our nation is constantly looking for the advantage during conflict, and for good reason, the fewer casualties on both sides usually means a shorter, less bloody fight. We are always using the latest in weapons and technology, or are we? Simply because we have technology does not mean we have to develop new implements, updating old ones is usually quicker, cheaper, and requires less new training for the soldiers using them.1 There are many innovations that we have taken toward building a better military, these include, but are not limited to, simulators for training before battle, guided, or “smart” weapons, and other hardware that is technologically superior to what the opposition has.
“Simulators have been in use by the military since the Second World War, when they were first developed to train pilots for combat.”
A simulator is a device used to mimic real world situations in order to better train and prepare people, for things that they might encounter. The most commonly heard of simulator is for flight training, but nowadays, the military uses simulators to train for not only flight, but also for infantry, tank battles, artillery, and almost every other aspect of combat. The simulators used today are extremely accurate as to the limitations of people and equipment, and as advances in technology improve so do the simulators, as they become more and more realistic. Computer game technology is also responsible for these improvements; today’s video game consoles have many times the computing power than the military’s simulators a few years ago.2 The army has even developed its own video game based on the simulators it uses for combat training.
Americas Army is more than just a shoot-em-up game; it is built to portray a real soldiers life, everything from basic training to choosing a career. According to one of the games designers, Lt. Col. Casey Wardynski, the game took over two years and around $8 million dollars (USD) to develop, but the main point of the game is education of real Army life, and is said to be the most realistic game ever developed. Simulators cannot however depict every aspect of military life, dealing with other team members, salty commanders, and there is nothing to simulate being cold, tired and hungry at the end of the day. All...