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    The military services are developing an array of new recruiting tactics in an effort to keep up with the demand for cybersecurity experts in their ranks. US Navy

    As cyber force grows, manpower details emerge

    The military will need to expand its force of cyber warriors beyond plans for 6,200 personnel, and the individual services are hammering out the manpower-related details of precisely how to build that force from the ground up, according to a new Pentagon

    • Nov. 3, 2014
    A screengrab from ELITE, a video game program that tests the leadership skills of junior enlisted and officers. Army

    New Video Game Tests Junior Leaders' Skills

    The Army's newest interactive video game teaches young leaders — lieutenants, sergeants and staff sergeants — how to better counsel and interact with their soldiers.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  1. Sources say the UAE is in serious talks about becoming an early customer of the Textron AirLand Scorpion jet. Darin LaCrone / Textron AirLand

    UAE Negotiating Possible Scorpion Purchase

    The United Arab Emirates is in discussions with Textron AirLand about becoming an early customer for Textron's new Scorpion jet, according to sources.

    • Nov. 2, 2014
  2. Eyes on Space: A model of the Entry and Descend Module of the planned ExoMars probe for Mars, which will feature a radar flight tested with the support of the Italian Air Force. Thales Alenia Space

    Italian Air Force Experimental Unit Turns to Space

    After building up its in-house design capability, the Italian Air Force's Experimental Flight Unit has set itself a new target — space — with a focus on satellites and sub-orbital flights.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
    UK pilots would learn basic skills on a Beechcraft T-6C under a deal in final negotiations. Paul Bowen/Beechcraft

    Beechcraft T-6C at Center of UK Pilot Training Talks

    The next generation of British military pilots will be taught their basic flying skills on a Beechcraft T-6C trainer if a deal between Ascent Flight Training and an Israeli-US industry consortium known as Affinity conclude final negotiations.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  3. Corpsmen in California will soon receive a batch of 10 training dummies that writhe, bleed and ooze innards. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Pendleton Corpsmen To Get Ultra-Realistic Combat Trauma Mannequin

    Corpsmen in California will soon have a new mannequin to help them train for tending to the grisliest of combat injuries.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  4. Luke Devore, an Army Research Labs contractor with Design Interactive, demonstrates the Augmented Reality sand table on Sept. 23 during Modern Day Marine Expo at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Microsoft's Kinect Aids in 'Augmented Reality Sand' Mapping Tool for Marines, Army

    Video game technology has aided researchers in creating realistic 3-D battlespace maps using a simple sand box.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  5. Final approval on India's purchase of 20 Hawk advanced jet trainers has been delayed because of a missing file. BAE Systems

    Indian MoD Source: Purchase of 20 Hawk Trainers On Track Despite Lost File

    An order for 20 Hawk advanced jet trainers for the Indian Air Force worth $333 million has been delayed as the file detailing the purchase has been misplaced, an Indian Defence Ministry source said.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  6. An F-16 flies during June exercises. Lockheed Martin has successfully linked a live and virtual F-16 for training operations. Air Force

    Lockheed Successfully Links Live, Virtual F-16 For Training Exercises

    Lockheed Martin has taken a major step forward in advancing live, virtual and constructive (LVC) technologies with a training exercise that linked a pilot flying an F-16 in the air with a 'wingman' flying an F-16 on the ground, fighting against computer-g

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  7. Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enström has denied that the ministry knew about a research cooperation deal with the Chinese. Maja Suslin / Getty Images

    Swedish Panel To Probe Controversial Chinese Deal

    Sweden's Defense Ministry and other leading defense and technology organizations will be under the spotlight this week as a parliamentary committee probes whether a research cooperation initiative could have led to the sale of sophisticated aerodynamic mo

    • Sep. 14, 2014
    Energid Technologies will develop a digital simulation for safety testing of autonomous military convoys. File

    DoD Awards Unmanned Convoy Contract

    Energid Technologies will develop a digital simulation for safety testing of autonomous military convoys.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
    Joseph Fontanella, Army Geospatial Center director and Army Geospatial Information Officer. Courtesy Photo

    Geospatial Center Drills Down On GIS For The Army

    Army Geospatial Center Director Joseph Fontanella is responsible for providing geospatial expertise across multiple customer communities and technical disciplines ranging from operations, intelligence and acquisition to research and development, and model

    • Sep. 8, 2014
    Simulators are now training warfighters in cyber and communications systems. INSCOM

    Simulators Solving Cyber Training Challenges

    Soldiers on the battlefield, with bombs exploding nearby and rifle fire coming from somewhere in the middle distance, is in no position to learn how to use the computing and communications systems that their lives might depend on. The time for training—thoroughly—is long before their boots hit the dirt.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  8. A Marine ties a tourniquet on an advanced simulator during a combat training exercise at Camp Johnson, N.C. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has long pressed for the military to use such simulators in place of live animals in medical instruction and survival training. Cpl. Bryce J. Burton/Marine Corps

    PETA presses Hagel to stop use of live animals in training

    Animal-rights advocates are asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to end the use of live animals in military medical training.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  9. An F-22 Raptor moves into position for midair refueling during Red Flag 14-3 in July. The newest generation of aircraft, such as F-22s and F-35s, cannot practice all of their capabilities at Red Flag, says Gen. Mike Hostage, the outgoing head of Air Combat Command. Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler / US Air Force

    Hostage: Virtual Training Needed To Address Limits of Red Flag

    As fifth-generation fighters outgrow the US Air Force's premiere combat training exercise, the service should look to virtual training for pilots to test the limits of the F-22 and F-35, the outgoing head of Air Combat Command said.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  10. After more than a dozen years fighting wars against unsophisticated opponents and technology in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Air Force is refocusing its training on tests ripped from the headlines — surface-to-air missiles, chemical weapons and cyber warfare. US Air Force

    Air Force Refocuses on Training as Wars Wind Down

    After more than a dozen years fighting wars against unsophisticated opponents and technology in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US Air Force is refocusing its training on tests ripped from the headlines — surface-to-air missiles, chemical weapons and cyber warfare.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  11. A demonstrator of Alenia's new M-345 trainer was flown at Farnborough. Alenia Aermacchi

    Alenia Flies New Trainer Demonstrator at Farnborough

    One year after announcing it at the Paris Air Show, Italy's Alenia Aermacchi has flown a demonstrator of its new basic advanced M-345 trainer at the Farnborough International Airshow.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  12. CAE will upgrade NATO's AWACS simulators. NATO

    CAE Signs NATO AWACS Simulator Deal

    Simulation giant CAE has signed a contract to upgrade the simulators for NATO's fleet of E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, the company announced Tuesday.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  13. BAE hopes to link the training systems of the F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon programs. Copyright Eurofighter-Geoffrey Lee

    BAE Working F-35 and Typhoon Interoperability

    The F-35 joint strike fighter may well come to rule the skies of the future, but for decades to come it will need to work with existing 'fourth-generation' fleets.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
    The Israeli Air Force has taken delivery of the first two of 30 M-346 jet trainers ordered from Italy's Alenia Aermacchi in 2012. Wikipedia

    Alenia Aermacchi Delivers Pair of 30 M-346s to Israel

    The Israeli Air Force has taken delivery of the first two of 30 M-346 jet trainers ordered from Italy's Alenia Aermacchi in 2012.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
    The Office of Naval Research is experimenting with new ways to view, control and interact with virtual environments. John F. Williams/ / US Navy

    US Navy Shows Off Ideas About 2025 Workplace

    The US Navy is trying to give developers and operators a look at the workplace of 2025 — a space full of unmanned vehicles, gesture-controlled robots, virtual meetings and 3D data visualization.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
    The latest version of the US Army's land-navigation trainer adds an altimeter and better fidelity. US Army

    Snowdrifts and Skis: US Army Updates Land-Nav Trainer

    The US Army has upgraded its land-navigation simulator, which helps teach a variety of outdoor skills, to take advantage of a new version of its underlying battlefield simulation system.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  14. Dean Fisher, left, CAE vice president, and Adeniyi Makanjuola, Caverton Helicopters chairman, hold a model of a flight simulator. CAE and Caverton will establish a flight training and simulation center in Lagos. Caverton Helicopters

    CAE, Caverton To Establish Flight Training Center in Lagos

    Montreal's CAE and Nigeria-based Caverton Helicopters have signed an agreement that paves the way for the Canadian company to set up and operate sub-Saharan Africa's first full-flight training and simulation center in Lagos by mid-2015.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
  15. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reviews the troops of L'Ecole des Transmissions in Cesson-Sevigne, western France, where he presented the 'Cyber Defense 2014-2016' pact on Feb. 7, which includes plans to invest in cyber defenses. The Ministry of Defense has now announced it will train cyber experts to protect the military. Thomas Bregardis / AFP

    France To Train Own Cadre of Cyber Defense Experts

    Unable to compete with private firms as it looks to hire cybersecurity experts, France's Ministry of Defense will set up a course to train its own experts to protect the French military.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  16. A British soldier trains in urban environment using Saab's Deployable Tactical Engagement Simulation. Saab wants to sell the system to the French. Jerker Johansson/Saab AB

    Saab Eyes Army Training System Sale to French

    As France gears up to spend on new training systems, Saab has set its sights on winning a slice of the work by supplying the same instrumented Army training system it has sold to the British Army.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
    On Target: A US Marine takes part in a pistol competition at Jordan's King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center. Jordan is among the Middle East countries that invests heavily in modern training facilities. Sgt. Alex Sauceda /US Marine Corps

    In Mideast, Demand Outpaces Growing Training Industry

    Military training and simulation programs in several Middle East countries — in particular, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan — have been rapidly growing to cope with the modernization of their armed forces.

    • May. 20, 2014
    Replaceable? US Air Force leaders wonder how far live-virtual-constructive training might go toward replacing largely live exercises like the service's Red Flag events. Lorenz Crespo/US Air Force

    Under Budget Pressure, US Air Force Looks to LVC Training

    When sequestration caused the US Air Force to slash budgets, one of the first things to get hit was training.

    • May. 20, 2014
    Catching Up: Sailors aboard USS Minnesota and other attack submarines will soon train on touchscreens so sensitive they can detect pressures, not just locations. This is forcing the simulation industry to develop new gestures for interacting with screens. Mark D. Faram/staff

    US Navy Pushes the Touchscreen Envelope

    In the US Navy, simulation and virtual reality have long been mostly an aviator's game, but that's changing. Today, some of the Navy's most innovative training systems are under development for the submarine and surface communities.

    • May. 20, 2014
    Virtual LCS: In this still from a US Navy video, a bridge team practices sailing a littoral combat ship in a simulator at the LCS training facility in San Diego. Sailors assigned to one of the new LCS ships complete qualification training at the onshore facility before reporting to their ship, a relatively new concept for the Navy's surface force. US Navy

    US Navy Alters Live/Simulated Training Mix

    The US Navy has long used simulators to train personnel — particularly aviators — but a recent explosion of technology is allowing sailors across the service to complete a startling range of preparation before their ship leaves the dock or aircraft goes a

    • May. 20, 2014
  17. UAV Fliers Only: The Italian Air Force, which flies Reapers and Predators, such as the MQ-1C, is considering building its own UAV pilot training school. Italian Air Force

    Italy May Build UAV School

    The Italian Air Force, which has largely relied on US training for its UAV pilots, may build its own school — and open it to other air forces, officials said.

    • May. 20, 2014
  18. Command Training: CAE's GESI constructive simulation system in use at the German Army's Combat Simulation Center in Wildflecken, left and below. GESI, along with Rolands & Associates' Joint Theatre Level Simulation, is part of GlobalSim, which CAE is slated to demonstrate at ITEC 2014. CAE

    Ukraine Crisis Underlines Training Questions

    As the international training community gathers in Cologne, Germany, for the 2014 iteration of the ITEC conference and exposition, the dialogue is punctuated with more question marks than usual.

    • May. 20, 2014
  19. Under Training: US Army cadets use the Dismounted Soldier Training System to practice patrolling as a squad, entering and clearing a building, and other simulated operations. Rachael Tolliver/US Army

    US Army Seeks to Link All Virtual Training

    Next month, US Army leaders will sit down with representatives from industry and academia at Fort Eustis, Virginia, to lay plans for a fully integrated, global virtual training environment, an ambitious project that could vastly streamline and improve how

    • May. 20, 2014
    Automatic Training: Meggitt Training Systems has added an automatic coaching tool to its FATS M100 marksmanship trainer. Meggitt Training Systems

    Cooperation and Crossover As Industry Gathers for ITEC

    The world's largest military training and simulation conference has expanded to seven themes to cover as much ground as possible, but even larger trends underlying the industry and ITEC itself can be summed up in three words: collaboration, crossover and

    • May. 20, 2014
  20. The USS Mount Whitney is serving as headquarters for Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO in exercise Jaguar 2014. Courtesy

    NATO Conducts Exercise to Respond to Global Crises at Short Notice

    NATO is in the midst of an exercise to train and evaluate the ability of NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Spain and Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFOR NATO) to respond to crises anywhere in the world at short notice.

    • May. 9, 2014
  21. Russia plans to send the first batch of nine Yak-130 trainer aircraft to Syria by the end of this year. Syria has purchased 36 trainers. ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP/Getty Images

    Russia To Supply Yak-130 Jet Trainers To Syria

    Russia's state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport will deliver the first batch of nine Yakovlev Yak-130 jet trainers to the Syrian government by the end of this year.

    • May. 6, 2014
  22. Airbus officials say US Army plans to use the UH-72A Lakota for pilot training boosts international and domestic sales potential. Airbus Group

    Airbus: US Army's Extra Lakota Helicopter Buy Boosts Foreign Sale Potential

    The US Army's decision to purchase 100 additional Airbus UH-72 Lakota helicopters for pilot training increases the potential for international sales of the aircraft, according to company officials.

    • May. 1, 2014
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