Orlando, Fla. (Nov. 14, 2006) - The groundbreaking ceremony for the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center (KASOTC) will take place in Jordan Nov. 15. The Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) plays an integral role in establishing the Middle East's premier special forces training facility for counterterrorism and internal security missions.
Program Manager Training Devices for Urban Operations, under the direction of PEO STRI, will ensure that the center is outfitted with the most durable technology and built to meet U.S. technical and safety standards.
"Due to the fact that the U.S. and Jordan have an excellent relationship, this training center will provide an opportunity for all friendly nations that are intent on defeating terrorism," Maj. Robert Smith, project director for urban operations, said. "The training center will not be limited to just those countries in the Middle East, but to all friendly nations that support the War on Terror."
The KASOTC will be equipped with training devices that resemble the high-tech Military Operations on Urban Terrain system currently in Fort Lewis, Wash.
"This particular system will capture a training exercise through the use of cameras and microphones located throughout the entire KASOTC facility," Smith said. "All video, audio and data inputs will be tied together via a local area network to the operations center and After Action Review (AAR) facility."
Trainers will have the ability to change battle scenarios, in real time, from the operations center. An adjoining state-of-the-art AAR theater, outfitted with a high-resolution multi-media system, will provide real-time viewing of the entire KASOTC complex.
"Jordan is an important strategic partner," Smith said. "Continued security cooperation with Jordan is essential to the success of U.S. government initiatives in the Middle East. The senior leadership of Jordan has consistently expressed their continued support for the Global War on Terror. This offer represents an excellent opportunity to expand and improve bilateral relations with the Jordanian Armed Forces."
The facility will officially open in January 2009.