Academic journal article Military Review

From the Editor

Academic journal article Military Review

From the Editor

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This is not your father's Jeep. The 21st Century Army's equipment is different, the generation of soldiers is different, the operations are different, the operations are different, and the way we train is different. As the Army forges ahead with Transformation to meet the emerging strategic realities, the list of derivative initiatives just keeps growing. Retooled training, advanced simulations, in-depth assessments and emerging doctrine all serve to prepare the Army for war and military operations other than war.

This issue of Military Review highlights at least one aspect of training that may lie off our collective radar screens. How about the idea that more training-- whether just different or even better-may not be the solution to performance shortfalls? Then, in more familiar territory, authors examine the dialectic concerning the value of simulations and dirt training. In part, the struggle between efficiency and effectiveness in training comes down to resources, the most prominent ones being time and money, but there are plenty of distracters and potential mitigating actions as articles in this issue point out.

But the question of our age lingers: what are we training for? Without specifically wading into a debate about the Army's orientation on warfighting or peacekeeping at the expense of warfighting skills, two authors describe the threats our forces will face during virtually all their operations. From those predictions flow significant institutional responsibilities and operational imperatives. …

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