Simulation in Training--The Current Imperative.
Military studies program paper,
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The central hypothesis of this paper is the US Army can no longer afford to train its forces as it has in the past. Faced with severely escalating ammunition costs, while the ammunition budget is decreasing in real terms, plus extensive cost growth in components, spare parts, fuel and lubricants, as well as limited space in which to train, the Army must adapt a strategy of field training that relies on mechanisms other than actual expensive-to-operate combat equipment. The current training system is analyzed. Graphs and tables depict historical cost growth and experienced Army budgets. Simulation offers an alternative but the research, development and acquisition system cannot accommodate the expeditious development of critically needed simulation devices. There are major problems in the areas of timeliness of simulator developments, management diversity, funding dilemmas, and logistical support system inadequacies. Each problem is discussed and possible solutions are advanced. Author
- Humanities and History
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods