Best of Modern Military Training 2019


As 2019 comes to a close, the Modern Military Training editorial team reflects on key milestones and trends we’ve seen over the year in the training and simulation community. We’ve seen lively discussions around topics like pilot training, the emergence of Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2), the importance of cognitive readiness, and the increasing presence of AI in the military from various voices across the defense industry.

Here is a brief roundup of some of our top content for 2019:

USAF “Pilot Training Next” is Revolutionizing Training

Scott Kozak, Executive Director of Military Business Development, NeuroTracker, penned a byline highlighting the pressing need to effectively train more pilots in the defense community. Kozak elaborated on how modern training programs like the USAF Pilot Training Next (PTN) are addressing the concern.

“Unlike the traditional undergraduate Pilot Training model, PTN offered students the opportunity to learn in a collaborative learning environment in a learner-centric way,” Kozak wrote.

Read the whole article here.

Joint All-Domain Command and Control Operational Success Requires Investment in Multi-Domain Test and Training

Modern Military Training featured a byline by Alicia Datzman, Senior Manager, Customer Requirements, Live/Blended at Collins Aerospace and a veteran of the United States Air Force, explaining how JADC2 bridges connectivity gaps in today’s multi-domain battlespace.

Datzman explained how JADC2 “will be critical to the U.S. military, allies, and partners in rapidly synchronizing the fight of tomorrow across all domains.” She wrote, “Successfully preparing for these future battles requires investing in the test and training technology to develop, evaluate and train to these emerging tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs).”

Read the whole article here.

Beyond the Hype of AI for Training: Looking at Today’s Challenges

Gianna Avdic-McIntire, a Senior Project Manager for Simulations and Training Solutions at Collins Aerospace, elaborated on the corresponding challenges as AI becomes more intertwined in military training programs in her byline published on Modern Military Training.

Specifically, Avdic-McIntire touched on the industry’s lack of requirements regarding AI due to the technology’s relatively new status, a lack of data access resulting in stunted training potential, fierce competition for resources and competency in this technology, and a necessary cultural shift in the defense community.

Read the whole article here.

3 Ways to Shorten the Training Cycle and Boost the Proficiency of Pilot Training

To learn more about how new training technologies are helping to mitigate the pilot shortage, Modern Military Training showcased insights captured at this year’s Air Force Association Air, Space, & Cyber Conference. Three key strategies to both expedite the training process and increase training efficacy include increased training access via high-fidelity simulation training, the advent of adaptive learning approaches, and a tight focus on concurrency.

“Pilot training needs to move the way the rest of the world is moving,” John Scorsone, Director Strategic Campaigns for HII Mission Driven Innovative Solutions HII-MDIS, Technical Solutions Division, told us. “Let’s create a better way to get aviators the training tools they need to learn on their own, using training devices that are fielded before their aircraft are modified.”

Read the whole article here.

IITSEC 2019 Buzz: Cognitive Readiness, Interoperability, and Adaptive Training

While on-site at I/ITSEC 2019, Modern Military Training had the opportunity to connect with thought leaders from Aptima, TRU Simulation and Training, Collins Aerospace, and Huntington Ingalls Industries, VT MAK, Vocavio, and Airbus. These industry experts commented on pressing topics in the space that were featured at I/ITSEC this year including cognitive readiness, a core component of this year’s theme.

Watch the video here.