Land Forces Training Needs a Reboot to Prepare for the Multi-Domain Battlefield

Land Forces

Is today’s approach to land forces training ready for a refresh? The move towards multi-and-cross-domain operations requires a different approach to the pure ground combat of the traditional battlefield. So how do we prepare the next generation of warfighters to fight wars of the future? What does the training look like?

Ahead of the inaugural Land Forces Training conference , taking place in March 2019, Defence IQ surveyed members of the armed forces from across the globe for their perspectives. According to respondents, there are three main priorities when it comes to training forces:

Warfighter Readiness in a Multi-Domain Battlefield:

Ensuring readiness for highly complex environments against peer advisories. Twenty-eight and a half percent of respondents noted an uncertainty of future operating environments.

According to David Johnson at Collins Aerospace, “The role of supporting forces in contact and generating sufficient joint fires and effects to allow the commander to shape the battle will endure well into the future. A difference in the future may be that the Forward Observer and Joint Terminal Attack Controller will no longer be on the physical battlefield but integrated into a geospatial synthetic environment as an ‘Avatar’ conducting digital joint fires.” The warfighter must be trained for the future battlefield with the ability to fight across domains. Click here to read his full article.

Training Realism for Land Forces:

Enhancing realism for training land forces. Forty-one percent of respondents do not think that current simulation training capabilities are realistic enough. Tony Vonthof, who manages Saab’s land warfare portfolio for the Asia Pacific region, wrote a piece on Modern Military Training about the importance of training realism and high fidelity in simulation training. Click here to read his full article.

Optimizing Performance of Live and Virtual Training:

Optimizing performance of the soldiers from the individuals to collective levels. Forty-one percent of respondents said that live training exercises are becoming less effective and there is no current effective technological solution to supplement it.

Modern Military Training contributors often discuss the issues surrounding training effectiveness. In fact, a recent paper featured on our site, Perceptual Cognitive and Physiological Assessment for Training Effectiveness, looks at how to prepare warfighters to training and how to provide ongoing data on the effectiveness of the training. Click here to download the paper.

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