Advertising Deadline – 9th February 2018
Publication Date – 2nd March 2018
Royal Navy QEC Training Update – As the first of the Royal Navy’s Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers completes sea trials, MS&T continues its profile of the operational training and simulation components associated with this new maritime capability. In a first installment of MS&T’s coverage, the focus is on flight deck training technology, including a look at the F-35/Flight Deck Simulator. The feature also presents an update as solicited from the RN on the general nature, philosophy and progress of aircraft flight deck training for this important new warship class.
TRADOC Commander Interview – Following his Military Keynote address at I/ITSEC 2017 in November, General David G. Perkins, Commanding General, US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), sat down for an exclusive interview with Group Editor Marty Kauchak to provide his thoughts on key program and policy developments in the service’s training and education communities. His remarks, including those related to “Moving Beyond the Tyranny of Training”, provide an extraordinary insight into the future of S&T within the Army.
Training Military Leaders with Gaming Technologies – A guest author from the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) provides a detailed look at the challenges and rationale which led the IDF to adopt game-based learning and assessment as essential components in the training process of its military command backbone. This exclusive feature examines the benefits, and brings firsthand impressions of the process from both line officers and the training development professionals involved in the program.
Mobile Training Technologies – MS&T continues its look at the adoption of mobile training in US military application. There are enormous advantages to delivering individual training modules using this medium, thus reducing the need to travel to the schoolhouse. The oft-discussed security issues continue to be addressed and the technologies and applications are advancing rapidly. MS&T investigates.
LVC Perspectives – Realistic, relevant and secure operational training is fundamental to warfighter readiness. Yet we are training with a complex array of partially integrated systems that don’t always mirror the way we go to battle. A senior industry personality comments on the need for interoperability, and how future training environments must include the realism, affordability and flexibility provided by the blending of Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) elements in order to represent current battlespace complexities, platform capabilities, and the lethality of potential adversaries.
RCAF Trenton Report – MS&T journeys to Trenton, Ontario, just east of Toronto, and visits the Air Mobility Training Centre, where the Royal Canadian Air Force trains C-130J aircrews and maintenance personnel. This facility also manages the RCAF’s participation in distributed mission training exercises like Coalition Virtual Flag. Of note is that the RCAF uses synthetic training to accomplish more of their overall training requirements than just about any other air force, particularly on the C-130J aircraft. For aircrews it is between 80 and 90 percent, and for maintenance technicians it is virtually 100%.
I/ITSEC Report – MS&T’s international editors summarise the highlights of I/ITSEC 2017, held in Orlando, Florida at the end of November. During the conference, MS&T’s International Editorial Board also sat down with the senior leadership of CAE and took the pulse of both the company and the international defence market through a wide ranging interview.
ITEC Preview – A preview of the ITEC 2018 training and simulation conference to be held in Stuttgart, Germany, 15-17 May 2018.
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