MPRI is the acronym for Military Professional Resources. MPRI is a private military contractor that supplies a wide variety of services to private and public customers especially to the United States Department of Defense. Military training, logistics, and law enforcement are a few of the profession that MPRI specializes in and operates in over forty (40) countries with its base in Alexandria Virginia.
MPRI was inducted I 1987 by eight ex- officers of the United States Army. T is a member of the International Peace Operations Association (IPOA). In 2004 MPRI was sold to L – 3 Communications for $40 million. L – 3 communications is a company that provides communications, control, command, intelligence, surveillance and intelligence, and reconnaissance (C3ISR) systems as well as avionics, ocean products, training devices, products and services, instrumentation, space and navigation products. The firm also supplies additional reinforcements in U.S. bases in Korea.
R.O.T.C programs are managed by current National Guard or reservists and retired military from the MPRI. MPRI currently have US training soldiers and employees operating at Army recruitment centers across the United States. Employees also have trained foreign armies at ranges in a few countries. The reassurance MPRI gives their client is enough for the client to receive the services MPRI offers to them. These clients are from the following teams:
- Military leaders,
- Law enforcement officers,
- Strategic analysts,
- Disaster management experts,
- Diplomatic and private sector leaders
MPRI has also trained over 5,500 African troops and leaders on security issues.
Two companies that are known fro Driving Simulations products have been recently acquired by MPRI; they are Ship Analytics and GE Driver Development (GEDD). MPRI is now able to contract the US government and local police forces. Some of the products they offer are:
- PatrolSim IV,
- TranSim VS IV,
- Mark III.
MPRI’s PatrolSim series are now being widely used by a lot of agencies although there are behind the wheel courses that teach important driving skills and techniques for steering and braking. The PatrolSim series is a law enforcement driving simulator which lab professionals claim are better suited for teaching the cognitive skills required for making a decision.
There are many advantages t using driving simulators in law enforcement driver training as they allow for personal operator controlled situations. This enables repetitive and coherent situations which will in turn improve proficiency. Simulator operators are also able to include weather conditions that are not typically experienced in traditional training tracks. Through routine practices in a simulator increased safety is achieved and it will reduce the wear and tear agency vehicles.
On the other hand the physical reality of a situation or scenario is diminished as non – motion simulators do not produce effective physical forces such as yaw, braking force, G – force or pitch.