Holograms Selected for Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE)
(Austin, Texas) The US Army has selected Zebra Imaging Tactical Digital Holograms (TDH) for evaluation in the Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE) Spiral H in December 2011. Proven with over 12,000 holograms in the hands of Soldiers downrange, TDH provide sophisticated three-dimensional geospatial intelligence of the battlespace. AEWE is the US Army’s Training and Doctrine Command’s (TRADOC) live, prototype experimentation campaign; designed to provide an operational / venue for Capability Developers, the S&T community with live, rigorous concepts testing for the current and future force. Planning and preparation for Spiral H is underway with the actual experiment to take place at Ft. Benning, Georgia in January/February 2013.
TDH have proven effective at improving understanding, retention, and situational awareness of Soldiers; facilitating better analysis, mission planning, and decision making. They provide depth, height, and feature details that 2D maps do not or cannot convey because of terrain intervals and other limitations of 2D representation of the 3D world. 3D imagery levels the playing field between natives and non-natives because it conveys imagery as it is seen by the human eye by communicating large amounts of information quickly without special map training; reducing Soldiers’ cognitive load and allowing leaders to allocate additional time and resources to conduct the Military-Decision Making Process (MDMP) and Troop Leading Procedures (TLP).
AEWE is the US Army’s Training and Doctrine Command’s (TRADOC) live, prototype experimentation campaign. AEWE provides an Operational / experimental venue for Capability Developers, the S&T community and industry with live, rigorous operational testing of concepts and capabilities for current and future force.
Since being introduced to the United States Army in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in 2006, TDH have been employed effectively throughout the spectrum of the MDMP at the command level and all phases of the TLPs at the small unit level. To date, the TBV program has supported mission command and improved situational awareness for units across the Army’s skill spectrum including combat operations, and non-kinetic applications such as field and infrastructure engineering and civil affairs.
According to Zebra’s TBV Project Manager Nat Waggoner, “Today’s Department of Defense budget is dynamic. We must strive to ensure that proven AND requested capabilities be fielded to our Soldiers. TDH solidly meet each criteria. Soldiers have asked for it, Zebra and the Army have delivered this capability to the deployed Force; and now it is time for the Army at large to embrace this leading edge technology in a holistic fashion.”
For more information on AEWE, please click on http://www.benning.army.mil/mcoe/cdid/AEWE/.
About Zebra Imaging
Zebra Imaging, Inc. designs, develops and manufactures state-of-the-art 3D holographic imagers and displays for a variety of 3D visualization applications in civil, military and commercial markets which dramatically improve situational awareness, collaboration and decision-making. Zebra Imaging holograms and dynamic displays are portable, scalable, intuitively-understood and easily viewable to help customers turn a wide range of 3D data into reality. Customers include Federal and Department of Defense agencies; leading architecture, design and planning firms; civilian agencies and others who need to display and understand sophisticated 3D data in a comprehensive, durable and portable medium.