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One system, or a dozen, could be standard equipment for a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) at sea, for example. In an emergency, such as a besieged embassy, the Marines could experience the mission before going ashore.

“Unit commanders could jump on the Omni and literally walk down the hallway of the embassy they are about to evacuate,” Mr. West said.

Concerning Benghazi and the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission and the CIA compound, Mr. West said, “Within minutes of an attack, special operations forces could be on an Omni and immersed in a virtual Benghazi consulate.”