According to the UK Telegraph, the U.S. Army just finished building a 300 acre mock town to be used during combat training exercises that looks strangely like a replica of a U.S. City.
The fake city, located in Virginia, cost somewhere around $96 million and is designed to help the army train for future combat scenarios. The scary thing is, the town looks an awful lot like a rural American city – which becomes even more troubling when you consider last year’s U.S. Army report about the future use of the military as a police force within the United States.
The fake city includes what the army is calling a five story embassy, a bank, a school, an underground subway and train station, a mosque (that I think looks more like a traditional Christian church), a football stadium, and a helicopter landing zone.
Although they claim the city is meant to train the troops for overseas operations, as the Telegraph reports, the city signage is all very American looking. In fact, the mock train station uses the same logo as the trains in Washington DC.
The U.S. army’s Army Asymmetric Warfare Group opened the training center last month. Colonel John P. Petkosek, the commander of the group said of the new training city:
“This is the place where we can be creative, where we can come up with solutions for problems that we don’t even know we have yet.”