Government Business Council: US Military Could Bolster Readiness with Increased Virtual Training

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virtual trainingGovernment Business Council conducted research that indicates the U.S. military could boost its readiness and reduce costs by more than $1.7 billion over five years with virtual training.

The report shows that 23 percent of respondents believe they have enough virtual training levels to fulfill readiness requirements, Rockwell Collins said Thursday.

Rockwell Collins commissioned the survey of 310 active-duty and civilian Defense Department personnel.

“Virtual training promises significant benefits to the military, both in terms of cost savings and enhanced preparation for today’s evolving security environment,” said Zoe Grotophorst, manager of research and strategic insights at GBC.

GBC’s research projects the U.S. Air Force to save of $1.7 billion between the fiscal years 2012 and 2016 by increasing virtual training hours instead of live flying times and $119 million in annual savings for the Navy beginning in 2020.

Eighty-five percent of respondents believe integrating live and virtual training could cut costs for one of four training tasks.


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