Why the Pentagon needs a ‘resistance training’ program
The Pentagon has long touted its $1 trillion war on ISIS as a success, but has been quietly moving to add new and more lethal training to its existing arsenal.
Now, new documents from the Office of the Secretary of Defense reveal a Pentagon plan to provide military recruits with a more “precision” training regimen to prepare them for the conflict ahead.
The training is being developed under a $1.8 billion contract with a private contractor, known as MASSACRE, to provide “resistance exercise training” to US Army and Marine Corps recruits in “domestic” environments, according to a report by the Department of Defense’s inspector general.
The $1 billion contract for the “residual training” comes just weeks after the Pentagon announced that it had awarded the contract to a private company to provide the same training to US Navy recruits.
The document obtained by TechRadars indicates that the training will be “designed to help US recruits develop their ability to adapt to and overcome the challenges of operating in hostile environments, including combat and natural disaster conditions, in a range of scenarios.”
“This is a critical component of our national security mission,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Jeff Davis told TechRadari.
“We know that a threat is there and we have to be ready to respond and we know that our readiness and capability is going to be the basis for the success of the war.”
Read moreThe Pentagon previously touted its “resistant training” efforts as a major boon to the war on terrorism.
The US military’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is the main military component tasked with training its own special operations forces in counterinsurgency tactics and operations.
The SOCOM-led efforts are aimed at counteracting foreign and domestic terrorist attacks, and counteracting the spread of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), or “IEDs,” which have killed tens of thousands of US civilians in recent years.
The Pentagon recently acknowledged that the war has not yet achieved the desired effect.
US troops have been able to take out a number of IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan, but SOCOM commanders say they have yet to make the necessary adjustments to their counter-IED strategy to deal with the new and emerging threat.
The Army’s Army Special Operations Center (ASOC) is also involved in the training effort.
The military is also using the training to develop a new “resilience training” program that aims to help its troops to adapt and adapt to “non-combat environments,” including the war in Syria, the report says.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has also been working on a “resiliency training” effort for US recruits.
DHS recently announced that the new training will involve “training on how to safely and effectively respond to threats of violent extremism, including the threat posed by ISIL.”
The Pentagon’s training effort for recruits will be focused on a variety of military-style scenarios, including “a range of operations including hostage rescue, hostage rescue and hostage rescue by force,” the report notes.
“The training will include lessons on the basics of counterterrorism, such as how to assess threats and establish a plan to counter a potential threat and to manage the response, including conducting a tactical and operational briefing on the situation and preparing a response plan for each operation.
The course will include a simulated hostage rescue.”Read more