Accession Number:

ADA285032

Title:

The Relationship Between Realism in Air Force Exercises and Combat Readiness

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE ISSUES TEAM WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

114.0

Abstract:

Military leaders stress the need for realistic exercises to train military forces. However, few people have addressed how exercise realism impacts unit readiness. The purpose of this research was to determine the relationship between exercise realism and exercise effectiveness. The Delphi Method and expert opinion was used to examine several issues involving realism in Air Force exercises. The current level of exercise realism was examined, and the impact of increasing realism in Air Force exercises was explored. Additionally, several factors that affect realism were identified. These factors were analyzed to determine which factors contributed most significantly to exercise effectiveness and unit combat readiness. The results indicated that realism is related to the effectiveness of an exercise in preparing forces for combat several factors that affected realism also significantly impacted unit combat readiness. Understanding the relationship between exercise realism and unit readiness will help Air Force planners conduct more effective and efficient exercises. Realism, Exercise Realism, Exercise Effectiveness, Combat Readiness, Training, Exercises

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Humanities and History
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE