One of the core conference themes at IT²EC 2020, Europe’s premier training and simulation event, is “Emerging Solutions: Propelling Today's Advances into the Digital Twin Age”. In a unique session exploring how military training on conduct after capture can be enhanced, software developer Peter Moore will give a presentation on his VR technology and how it offers engaging simulation-based training on how to achieve the best outcome in a hostage situation.
Conduct After Capture training is targeted at military personnel believed to be at the greatest risk of capture – meaning that large numbers of the military risk being subjected to capture without having received training on how to achieve the best possible outcome. Mr Moore hopes that the use of virtual reality headsets will allow a wider audience within the military to be exposed to Conduct After Capture training.
Having always worked in software development, Mr Moore has first-hand experience of a hostage situation, having been captured by Iraqi militia and held hostage for two and a half years while working in the Iraq Ministry of Finance in 2007. Drawing on this experience and having spoken at hostage survival courses, he says that it became apparent there was a gap in the training processes for conduct after capture, with training currently taking more of a lecture style.
“By using virtual reality, we can simulate what it’s really like to be taken hostage, what the possible outcomes are, and how to ultimately reach a positive outcome”, Mr Moore said.
“The 360 degree video headset technology gives users multiple choices of actions after being captured, with users unable to move on to the next section until they have selected the correct best conduct. It teaches users what to be aware of, such as resistance to exploitation and interrogation.”
“VR Training Simulations for Conduct After Capture” will take place in Theatre 1 from 15:30-17:00 on 2 September at IT²EC 2020, held at ExCeL London.