For the Department of Defense (DoD), military training has historically taken place all over the world – from the most remote deserts overseas to state-of-the art training facilities at major bases in the United States. Military training represents a significant investment for the DoD, and as fiscal constraints require the top brass to reevaluate priorities and programs, it’s interesting to see how innovative IT can play an essential role in helping manage costs, while still delivering on mission critical activities.
Military leaders are embracing new technologies and shifting training procedures from expensive physical training scenarios to highly realistic worlds of virtual reality and digital simulations. LeAnn Ridgeway, Vice President and General Manager of Simulation and Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins, believes that the investment in training systems will continue to grow, despite these cuts. In a recent article in Modern Military Training Ridgeway shared that military leaders around the world “have stated goals and plans to reduce the amount of live training they are doing to save operating dollars and constrain resources. Either they don’t have enough assets to train against and have to go to a simulation and training scenario or have new platforms such as the F-35 program that can only use simulation and training scenarios to prove out the most advanced technical capabilities.”
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