Beware the Allure of Training Technology

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May 18, 2022

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Christopher Aliperti uses a prototype headset with augmented reality at Fort Stewart, Georgia, March 04, 2022, photo by Sgt. Jose Escamilla/U.S. Army

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Christopher Aliperti uses a prototype headset with augmented reality at Fort Stewart, Georgia, March 04, 2022

Photo by Sgt. Jose Escamilla/U.S. Army

This commentary originally appeared on Defense News on May 18, 2022.

The allure of training technology can often overshadow its value. Today, virtual reality, or VR, is a hot topic in the military training community, but training tools must be developed and selected according to their anticipated use. Context matters, and sometimes the best and most cost-effective training tool may just be a book.

While VR offers many benefits, the Department of Defense could seek to ensure that virtual training content derives from operational needs, integrates with existing processes and curricula, and is validated. Furthermore, this process could be assessed and refined continuously because although we cannot predict the future of technology, we can be confident that what we need and what we want will change.…

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Tim Marler is a senior research engineer at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

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