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GAO: Army Should Integrate Virtual Training Devices and Update Policies

military in trainingThe Government Accountability Office has recommended that the U.S. Army update the service branch’s policies for virtual training devices as well as define the process for device effectiveness analysis and integrate the devices in training strategies.

GAO said in a report published Tuesday it has discovered gaps in the integration of virtual training devices into operational training on front-end analysis, effectiveness analysis and linkage with training strategies.

Auditors said the Army has made progress towards its goals to support a broader range of military operations and has began to implement five programs designed to define training requirements and resources as well as change training processes.

GAO noted it has also identified nine Army training priorities including environment training to replicate complex battlefields units will face during combat.

The study was conducted on selected devices worth worth $535 million in acquisition costs as part of provisions from accompanying House and Senate bills for the fiscal year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act to review the Army’s training plans use of virtual training.

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