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Air Force turns to video games to help prepare members for real-life combat

The Air Force is helping host an esports tournament designed to help service members better prepare for complex combat situations.

The Air Force is partnering with MITRE, a nonprofit national security company, for the launch of a tournament MITRE believes will help the service “better understand mission logistics choices and prioritization while under attack,” according to a report from

MITRE has opened up registration to play the game “Drone Guardians,” which will require teams of participants to defend a deployed airfield from enemy attacks while still maintaining the ability to launch aircraft missions.

The MITRE esports tournaments will be held at three separate locations: Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina; MITRE headquarters in McLean, Virginia; and the MITRE regional office in San Antonio, Texas. The Shaw Air Force Base tournament will be held Sept. 22-23, the Virginia event will take place on Oct. 13-14 and the Texas event on Oct. 20-21.


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