Gen. David Berger: Marine Corps Needs Training Tools That Replicate Adversaries

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Gen. David Berger, commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, said the service branch needs industry’s help to develop simulators and other training systems that replicate the behavior of adversaries, Defense News reported Tuesday.

“We need help in creating the software, the simulation, that doesn’t replicate us, it replicates the adversary, whether it’s Russia or Iran or the [People’s Republic of China], [People’s Liberation Army],” Berger said at a conference Tuesday.

“They’re all going to operate differently, so we need the fidelity there to allow us, our practitioners, to see they’re not thinking like we are,” he added.

Berger said the services also need training platforms that can combine with systems from other service branches and foreign militaries.

“We assumed that we’re going to need an asymmetric approach. In other words, we’re not going to out-muscle, out-size this pacing threat; you have to have an asymmetric advantage. And the asymmetric advantage that we have is our ability to operate as a team,” he noted.

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