This month we revisit a topic that we last looked at in detail in our December 2005 issue—simulation and training. Four years may seem like a short span, but in the world of simulation systems, it's a generation. During that time, technology has grown by leaps and bounds while constantly gaining popularity in training service members for combat operations. In our lead story, "Simulation: The (Almost) Real Thing," veteran journalist Art Pine details this trend, reporting on its virtues—convenient proximity, capacity, cost savings, and what he calls "eye-popping" realism—and its limitations and challenges for training troops in ground combat. Vice Admiral Pete Daly, Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, then weighs in with his rundown of how joint and Coalition forces are teaming with the U.S. Navy in what has been dubbed "Fleet Synthetic Training" that allows participants to take part in the same exercises from different locations around the world.