Tight budgets cause Army to consolidate virtual environments

Training, ISR to be consolidated

With military budgets as tight as ever, more stress has been placed on virtual environments and simulation, and the Army is planning on consolidating three virtual programs into a single environment that encompasses integrated training, FCW reported.

The purpose of this consolidation is to lower overhead and to integrate operations process, FCW quoted Brig. Gen. Michael Lundy as saying at the AUSA Aviation symposium in Arlington, Va. The Army plans on testing out virtual training tools at an upcoming Army Network Integration Evaluation.

Intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance are also being squeezed, and the Army’s aviation branch  is planning on restructuring for a smaller fleet that will emphasize interoperability between the components and services, as  well as coordination of manned and unmanned ISR platforms, providing a distributed approach, FCW reported.

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