Current Navy capabilities for shipboard performance monitoring, training, and assessment (PMTA) derive from separate and diverse efforts sponsored by various system developers over the years. As a result, a disjointed set of systems, subsystems, and processes exists on every ship. No standard or integrated architecture has been established to foster commonality, and the sailors who operate and maintain the systems require a substantial amount of initial and follow-on training. Moreover, absent a comprehensive training strategy, there are gaps in the training provided; some PMTA systems are used ineffectively, some insufficiently, and some not at all.
The problem is growing. Owing to rapidly advancing information technologies, simulation-based PMTA systems are increasing at an unprecedented rate in both numbers and complexity. Unless the Navy develops a coordinated strategy to integrate these diverse, independent endeavors into a single integrated shipboard system, the situation will only worsen in the coming years.