Distributed Warfare Simulation (DWS) combines telecommunications with combat simulation to provide access to warfare simulation to a geographically distributed audience. By allowing geographically distributed users to simultaneously share a single simulated world, advanced forms of DWS could in effect create a virtual reality that could be used for a variety of ends. This report describes both the potential benefits — for training, readiness, interoperability, planning, and decisionmaking — and the significant technical challenges of DWS.
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