The RAGE system is a collaborative virtual environment which is being developed at the Naval Research Laboratory specifically for planning, training and situation awareness. IT consists of the CAVE-like device known as the GROTTO and a virtual workbench. The system offers many important capabilities for hostage rescue scenarios. First, it avoids the need to create physical mockups of rooms and buildings, instead computer models are generated. Second, it is possible to explore alternative scenarios to experiment with different tactical operations. Third, the system can be linked with other software modules such as simulators and analysis tools, and has the capability to dynamically change the environment as new intelligence information is received. This system has three potential applications. First, it can be used as a device for the training of Special Forces. Second, it can be used to study important military operations. Finally, it can be used as a command and control device used in real-time as the rescue operation is being carried out. We show some these capabilities by reproducing one famous special forces hostage rescue operation.