Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) – Atmospherics is best defined as props, sets, and other items used to create a hyper-realistic, immersive, simulated environment in which participants willingly suspend disbelief that they are not in the real world. These immersive environments replicate rural low density areas to densely populated urban areas by providing layers of texture, infrastructure components and subterranean features.
Replicating a living functional environment to enhance a MOUT training site is what MOUT-Atmospherics is all about. The general approach is to make the most of any available budgets whether supporting a large Combat Training Center or a Home Station training venue.
Preparing a training site for Hyper-Realistic™ Training using MOUT-Atmospherics is a process of transitioning a sterile training site void of human existence, into the look and feel of a training site that is lived in. Nothing is notional, there will be furniture, beds, clothing and normal house wares integrated into a tactical problem set, just like real life. This richly textured environment, often “weathered” look will need to be woven into the tactical plan, where outside of the training structures, shrubbery, trees, poles, bicycles, and compound walls will also need to be considered when developing a containment plan.
Atmospherics add a training dimension that cannot be otherwise achieved when validating room clearing methods, or checking for “hides” false bottom floors or other insurgent methods are used to evade tactical / containment plans and fade back into the population after carrying out operational objectives.
MOUT-Atmospherics when executed effectively, lends value to the tactical training environment in ways that make scenario development run deeper into the human psyche, carrying more meaning to learning objectives often involving forensics or sensitive site exploitation and tactics and techniques, validation.
It is also important to note, a training site can be prepared to best orient the participants to a specific Area of Responsibility (AOR) in the specific Contemporary Operating Environment (COE).