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Blended Training

Last week, experts in academia, industry, and the maritime military branches gathered at Sea Air Space 2019 to discuss the latest developments and innovations in the maritime space. Naturally, with new innovations and technology adoption comes modernized training approaches that maximize warfighter readiness. Modern Military Training was at this year’s show to capture some of these insights from experts about what trends are driving change in the area of training.

Here’s what attendees had to share from this year’s Sea Air Space show:

There was consensus from many of the speakers this year that the way the Department of Defense approaches training in general needs to shift from a one-size fits all format to a more personalized model that ultimately benefits the warfighters more in the field. This updated approach is expected to boost efficacy and reduce necessary training time, two invaluable improvements in-theater.

When discussing automation and AI in-theater, it’s impossible not to mention the importance of manned and unmanned teaming. It was certainly a hot topic at Sea Air Space this year, with several military leaders discussing its advantages, challenges, and evolution. That said, it’s crucial to think about how integrating this technology and leaning more and more on UAVs will impact the training cycle and increased use of training technologies like LVC.

In a previous discussion with Dr. Tom “Mach” Schnell, a Professor in Industrial Engineering with a specialization in Human Factors/Ergonomics at the University of Iowa, he explained to Modern Military Training how LVC training programs allow for more rapid and robust training when it comes to manned and unmanned teaming.

“LVC gives you the ability to make this unmanned aircraft a constructive entity. It doesn’t even exist as a physical embodiment of a UAV. You just create it in a semi-automated forces mentality and control its outer loop. In other words, you point it in different directions, but you can actually now simulate the entire pipeline of information as if it was a real UAV.”

Until next year, Sea Air Space! We look forward to learning where the maritime services will be a year from now, especially because warfighter training continues to rapidly evolve.

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