Today’s virtual training environments are segmented and simplistic, failing to adequately prepare warfighters and cyber operators for the complex challenges they will confront on the cyber battlefield. Using outdated and one-dimensional training, our armed forces are unable to outpace the operational tempo of the rapidly-evolving multi-domain battlefield. In this virtual arena, where new threats emerge each day, better tools are needed to anticipate and prepare for the risks of tomorrow.
SMEIR addresses the experience gap operators often face between the time they receive classroom training, to when they must operationalize their training in combat environments. Delivering the ability to conduct unrestricted offensive and defensive combat information operations training while replicating realistic internet environments in closed network environments, SMEIR’s content is flexible and customizable, covering everything from social media analysis and engagement, to network mapping.
SMEIR was the environment for the Army Futures Command’s Cyber Blitz 2019 exercise, providing a fully functional- and distributed- cyber and Information Operations range. SMIER enabled 50 Army cyber personnel to prototype concepts and capabilities of the new Intelligence, Information, Cyber, Electronic Warfare and Space (I2CEWS) detachment.
SMEIR is providing the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex’s Cybertropolis Technology Environment Platform (CTEP) with advanced cyber-physical training and exercise supporting live offensive and defensive operations in a real city outfitted with operational Industrial Control System/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (ICS/SCADA), cellular and enterprise networks.
SMEIR has been used by US Army Special Operation Forces (SOF), Psychological Operations (PSYOP), and Civil Affairs (CA) units, from the team to the battalion level at the Joint Readiness Training Center, National Training Center, and at civilian locations hosting mission readiness exercises.
From replicating real life social media environments that facilitate the enemy’s operations, to delivering nation state intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance of mission critical infrastructure, SMEIR prepares our nation’s military with multi-domain training and intelligence.