A Supplier of Film Extras Now Trains Military Troops

Lexicon Consulting, in El Cajon, California, got its start by providing extras for big-screen military battles. Now CEO Jamie Arundell-Latshaw’s company creates mock Afghan and Iraqi villages to help train troops who are headed overseas. She spoke with Inc.’s Jason Del Rey about Lexicon (No. 4), the top woman-run company.

What are the most radical circumstances your employees replicate?

At Fort Irwin, in California, as troops and medics drive up to a village, a rocket-propelled grenade goes off, a car explodes, and we have role players screaming and chanting. We hire amputees who fall out of vehicles. The wounds look realistic, and they’re set up in a way that the medics have to put pressure on the wounds and stop the bleeding. Our goal is to make the simulation as real as possible.


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