While both the Gray report on defence acquisition and the Haddon-Cave report on the Nimrod disaster cover a similar subject, they offer very different visions for future reform in the Ministry of Defence.
In embracing simulation and the underlying technologies for both training and planning, the United States Department of Defense reflects important trends that are present in militaries across the globe. Arthur I Cyr, Director, Clausen Center for World Business at Carthage College in Wisconsin, traces the origins of recent initiatives and outlines the direction in which the industry is heading
Technological advances are making computer simulations a credible alternative to costly field exercises and live firings – and in some cases they are preferred. With ever more realism and likeness to the battlespace, technology is replacing traditional modelling, validation and training techniques, particularly for guided weapons. Ben Toomer takes a closer look
Joint Strike Fighter will be a step change for combat aircraft training, not only will most forces operating the aircraft move to a 50-50 live/synthetic training mix but the synthetic training may prove to be more beneficial in some cases than live flying. Elizabeth Quintana investigates synthetic training for the JSF fifth-generation aircraft programme