Without automated mission planning systems, missions are doomed to failure before the planes leave the deck. Only proper training will ensure the aircraft get to the target and back.
Naval aviation has depended on computer-based automated mission planning systems for more than a decade to simplify and safely execute complicated airborne tasks. These have included aviation planning basics such as timing and fuel calculations, ability to join LINK-16 networks, and more recently, deliver precision-guided munitions such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW). Unfortunately, formal air crew training on how to operate these missioncritical systems has been slow to take hold in the Fleet. Only a few training commands, Fleet replacement squadrons (FRS), and weapon schools have realized the importance of training crews and system administrators early in the training cycle.