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Can the U.S. Navy save money by increasing its use of simulators without sacrificing readiness? The authors look at the use of simulators in the Air Force, the Marines, and French and British forces to see if the Navy's current mix of simulator and live training should be changed substantially for the first time since the 1970s. After presenting the data for each service branch and type of simulator, the authors conclude that the Navy must first decide how it wants to measure readiness before an increased use of simulators will yield tangible returns in the form of increased proficiency at lower cost.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Training

  • Chapter Three

    Trade-Offs Between Live and Simulated Training

  • Chapter Four

    Observations and Recommendations

  • Appendix A

    U.S. Navy F/A-18 Fighter Training for Strike Missions

  • Appendix B

    U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Unit Training

  • Appendix C

    USAF F-16 Training

  • Appendix D

    Allied Training

  • Appendix E

    Maritime Patrol Aircraft and ASW Training

  • Appendix F

    Surface Ship ASW Training

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