Users of the Middle Eastern Counterintelligence Interview Simulation are government agents or those interested in cultural awareness training. Through a series of simulated conversations with Rasheed Ali Abdullah, users can ask questions about his background, family, personal life, and social life to establish a better relationship with a potential source. While discussing Rasheed's experiences in the United States and Egypt, users practice conversational strategies to become comfortable utilizing various interviewing methods and cultural points. Rasheed is different in every conversation, varying in mood, personal history, and regard for government agents, keeping the interaction between agent and potential source interesting after numerous plays.
It is the user's job to build rapport with Rasheed and determine whether he will agree to further contact with an American government agent. This training system aids in increasing skill levels with tough conversation topics, especially discussing culturally sensitive subjects. Users receive real-time support and feedback from an on-screen coach and post-conversation feedback based on rapport, the conversation, interview success, and knowledge of cultural points. If the user builds enough trust during the interview, Rasheed will agree to a second meeting. After playing this training system, users will be able to approach these difficult topics with potential sources.