Army plans to expand training for new technologies

The Army might standardize training on new technologies for all of its combat units rather than provide training on the latest technologies in a piecemeal fashion to select units, reports the Ares blog on Aviation Week.

The Army is sketching plans for institutionalizing training for new battlefield technologies such as communications systems, sensors systems, robotic platforms, and unmanned vehicles across all of its units, Lt. Gen. Michael Vane, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, Army Training and Doctrine Command, said Feb. 25 at an Army Association of America event in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

A starting point would be training for Task Force Odin—an intelligence gathering operation in Iraq that links sensors and ground units with manned and unmanned aircraft to locate, track and eliminate insurgent leaders.

Vane said training to use Odin across the force can be done better “if we brought the training into the institution, trained on it in our exercises at the [National Training Center] and joint exercises, and not just with the unit that’s getting ready to walk out the door.”

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