War games or gamers?

Air Power Association President Air Marshal (Ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB CBE looks at the challenges of providing future frontline pilots with operational readiness training that meets the demands of fifth-generation fighters.

COLUMN Commander’s Update Briefing

A Royal Air Force Typhoon pilot completes pre-flight checks against the unmistakeable backdrop of Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada at the height of a Red Flag exercise. The Flag series of exercises continues to offer some of the world’s most realistic air combat training.
Jamie Hunter
A US Air Force A-10 instructor pilot demonstrates a full-motion simulator at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. This equipment presents an accurate cockpit with a simulated 360-degree view to provide instrument and combat training for new and experienced pilots.
USAF/Airman Nathan H Barbour

W e have seen recently that commentators often focus on defence equipment as a measure of capability, while one of the most vital elements often goes largely unnoticed. Much worse, when budgets are tight, this same tendency means that equipment programmes tend to grab all the headlines and the lion’s share of the budget.

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