Listen to the Lieutenants and Sailors
By Captain Mark Nesselrode, U.S. Navy (Retired)
The use of simulation in the surface force has exploded in the last several years. By exploiting this technology even further, we can enhance readiness and lower training costs. Fleet Synthetic Training events incorporate ships, multiple strike groups. Joint and Coalition partners, thus enriching our perspective. But the application of simulation is not uniform force-wide. From the deckplates to senior leadership, every Fleet operator needs to understand what it can achieve and how that can be repeated. The surface force must find more innovative ways to train, certify, and maintain proficiency using simulation - and this has to involve the Fleet lieutenants and their computer-savvy Sailors.
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