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July 20, 2011 4:13 PM

Welcome to the armed forces; here's your computer

U.S. military trainees talk to Afghan elders, earn the trust of villagers and roll over Humvees - all without interacting with another person. The use of computer programs to simulate combat situations is growing in the military, despite concerns over their limitations. And as budget cutbacks hit the Defense Department, cheaper computer-training options will only become more attractive.

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