Can Under Way Training Be Reduced? The Use of Simulation for Training in the U.S. Navy Surface Force
Nov 25, 2005
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U.S. Navy surface forces train both at sea and on shore, but seem to prefer at-sea training in practice. A number of exercises could be conducted in port using various forms of simulation, possibly at lower cost. Others--civil aviation, commercial shipping, and other nations' navies--have taken significant advantage of technological improvements in simulation. To help the Navy assess more simulation could reduce the need for training at sea yet still maintain or improve proficiency and readiness, RAND undertook an assessment of how the Navy currently uses simulation, comparing how other organizations use it and examining the relationship between types of exercises and where they are conducted and completed. The authors offer ways to take advantage of the benefits of simulation, including optimal use of underway training time, whether to increase the use of virtual and live simulation in surface force training, what mission areas and kinds of exercises might be appropriate for increasing the use of simulation, and strategies for purchasing and implementing simulators.
Overview of the Use of Simulation in Surface Force Training
Use of Simulators in Other Organizations
U.S. Navy Views on Simulation and Roadblocks to Simulation
Analysis of Training Location
Surflant-Specified FXP Exercises
Completion of Exercises with Equivalencies
Completion of Exercises Without Equivalencies
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