2011 Interagency Partnership Southeast

Award Year 

With its computer-generated imagery (CGI), simulated weapon tracking, speech recognition and scenario-generation capabilities, the patent-pending Advanced Use of Force Training System (AUFTS) offers law enforcement an innovative use-of-force training solution unlike anything else on the market. Not only does it give instructors unparalleled flexibility in creating realistic, interactive training scenarios, AUFTS’ advanced review capabilities reinforce trainee decision-making skills, thus improving their performance in the field. AUFTS was developed through the collaborative efforts of the (more) Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). The NAWCTSD team includes experts in weapons simulation and tracking, speech recognition, software development, CGI simulation, and training systems. For their part, FLETC’s subject-matter experts brought a crucial viewpoint to the development of AUFTS, which needed to be designed to serve across jurisdictions regardless of size or location. In 2010, NAWCTSD signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) to make AUFTS available to the MSP academy. The system is also slated to be used by the North Carolina Justice Academy for its law enforcement training. Novonics Corp., which specializes in developing training systems for the Department of Defense, entered into a patent license agreement with NAWCTSD to use the technology to commercialize its own brand of CGI simulation training. (less)