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defense icon, source: [West Covina, California] Progressive Management, 2008

Defense: Army and Air Force Virtual Training

The Army and Air Force need to improve the management and oversight of their virtual training programs to avoid fragmentation and more efficiently and effectively acquire and integrate virtual devices into operational training and potentially save tens of millions of dollars.

Action:

The Army should specify in Army guidance for developing virtual training device requirements that training developers consider and document the time available to train with the devices and intended usage rates to achieve training tasks and proficiency goals during operational training.

Progress:

Pending

Implementing Entity:

Department of Defense

Action:

The Army should modify its policies to define how post-fielding training effectiveness analysis should be conducted and the process for selecting existing virtual training devices for such analysis to better prioritize Army resources for conducting such analyses.

Progress:

Pending

Implementing Entity:

Department of Defense

Action:

The Air Force should continue to refine its planning for virtual training to incorporate the desirable characteristics of a comprehensive strategy, including developing a risk-based investment strategy that identifies and prioritizes capability needs and includes a time line for addressing them.

Progress:

Pending

Implementing Entity:

Department of Defense
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