Client Articles - Written by on Wednesday, July 28, 2010 17:53

Strategic Operations, Inc. Selected by US Marine Corps for ‘Atmospherics’ Contract to Enhance, Upgrade Existing MOUT and HST Areas, Ranges

SAN DIEGO — July 27, 2010 — The United States Marine Corps has awarded Strategic Operations, Inc., a San Diego-based company specializing in Hyper-Realistic™ training environments for military, law enforcement and homeland security, a three-year contract to enhance and upgrade Marine Corps existing and future Military Operation in Urban Terrain (MOUT) facilities; Home Station Training (HST) areas and Ranges.

“Currently, the existing MOUT and planned HST area facilities and surrounding Range areas are void of cultural realism,” said Kit Lavell, Executive Vice President of Strategic Operations, Inc. “Even though these facilities are equipped with streets and buildings, the atmosphere lacks detailed cultural realism such as ‘prop’ like items (furniture, billboards, faux foodstuffs, ersatz crops, colors and realistic facades) utilized during training scenarios.” Lavell said the ‘Atmospherics’ project is designed to simulate a future or current deployable urban environment and support the war fighting skills and improve training opportunities for Marines, tenants, and joint service units aboard Marine Corps ranges at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Quantico, Virginia, Camp Pendleton, Twenty Nine Palms, Bridgeport, and China Lake in California, as well as at bases in Hawaii and Okinawa.

Strategic Operations, on the lot of Stu Segall Productions, San Diego’s only full-service TV / movie studio, provides “Hyper-RealisticTM” training services and products for military, law enforcement and other organizations responsible for homeland security. Strategic Operations employs state-of-the-art Hollywood battlefield special effects, combat wound effects, role player actors, subject matter experts, construction, transformation and enhancement of military ranges, mobile MOUT facilities and specialized equipment, including live fire targets to create training environments that are the most unique in the industry. Since 2002, Strategic Operations has provided training support to more than 370,000 Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and Coast Guard personnel prior to deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information, visit


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