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Learning Priorities and the Role of Computer-Based Training and Simulation on Military Supply Chain Logistics
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Military Studies, Command & Control Studies Division.
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul.
2013 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
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Military training involves activities that range from combat operations to strategic decisions on how to locate and transport personal and supplies, such as food, ammunition, fuel and medical equipment. Despite of the fact that most military training is difficult to acquire from real situations, the skills required for learning from combat training technology are different from those required for training on military logistics. This research work aims to analyse learning priorities and the role of Computer-Based Training and Simulation (CBTS) on Military Supply Chain Logistics. Military logistics is a complex task that requires expertise for decisions on such factors as: (i) the mission to accomplish; (ii) the place to locate troops and all military facilities at the Area of Operations (AOO); the (iii) combat readiness level that will be expected to equip all the military operations; and the (iv) use of transportation resources and paths to follow in the AOO. In this work, each one of these factors is represented by a number of variables that must be considered as whole to outline the best decisions on supply chain logistics for each military operation. To identify training priorities for considering the implications of all variables that respond for these four factors, this work carried out a qualitative research with in depth interviews with military personal with expertise on making decisions about military logistics. Results from this research shows the skills that are most important to follow for developing expertise on military supply chain logistics and the technology that should best be applied to enhance the training experience. Conclusions from this work shows that training on military logistics involve decisions that are mostly unique, though the current computer-based technology has an important role for training and simulating field situations, thus enhancing the required expertise for making decisions on real military supply chain operations.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-4259OAI: diva2:679028
NATO Modelling and Simulation Group (MSG) Annual Conference 2013 (MSG-111), 2013
Available from: 2013-12-13 Created: 2013-12-13 Last updated: 2014-02-19Bibliographically approved

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