Robots in Yes, West Virginia – say what?
25 Apr 2023
If you’re a fan of action movies, you’d be pleased to know that some real-life military training exercises happened in West Virginia recently. The Civil-Military Innovation Institute (CMI2) hosted a military field training exercise and experimentation event, known as Driving Innovation in Realistic Training (DIRT) Days 23-001, in partnership with the United States Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) and the 101st Airborne Division. It was held at CMI2’s Adaptive Experimentation Facility in Fola, West Virginia, which is actually a repurposed coal mining facility.
The event allowed soldiers to participate in and lead the development and field testing of emerging tactics and technology while bolstering their operational skill sets through challenging, realistic exercises. The event was designed to emulate future operational environments the soldiers could experience in an age of intensifying technology and threats. In short, it was a chance for soldiers to have fun, learn some new skills, and prepare for whatever the future might bring them.