Military Embedded Systems

Special Operations Command to use enhanced training, mission-planning tool


July 13, 2017

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND, FORT MACDILL, TAMPA, Fla. U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has installed the Common Database Builder (CDB) technology product -- made by training and engineering firm Visual Awareness Training and Consulting (VATC) -- at several government sites within SOCOM and other agencies, including the organization that produces and maintains 3-D visualization databases and enhanced geospatial data for simulated training exercises with Special Operations Forces.

As part of the installation, VATC’s software product will be used for the first time to assist in training and exercise mission planning, readiness, and rehearsal with the U.S. Air Force at Hurlburt Field and with the U.S. Army at Fort Campbell.

CDB Builder offers users a 3-D map of the globe that can be configured to reflect different conditions and visualizations, including night vision, forward-looking infrared, radar, and computer-generated forces. Users can build their own models and share them systemwide in realtime, thereby generating enhanced collaboration among forces in singular or joint exercises. CDB Builder will be used in its first live trial at select sites for users to offer feedback and data for VATC to generate features customized for additional user needs.