The bottom line?

According to a report in the Independent, “US forces have fired so many bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan – an estimated 250,000 for every insurgent killed – that American ammunition-makers cannot keep up with demand.” What does this tell us about the US militarys (largely simulation-based) training?

I dont know, but Ive felt for some time that there is a serious risk, when a simulation industry develops, that simulators bog down in detail and may lose sight of what its all really about.

One of my first entries on this blog discussed a thoughtful essay by Lt Col Matthew Caffrey on the problems that can arise with war games, and thats still relevant, and still presumably largely unread since he published it in 2000.

Im not against the use of simulation for any purpose. I think its an excellent idea. Thats why it annoys me so much to see it used naively.

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