What is Dissimilar Air Combat Training?

Introduction Dissimilar air combat training (DACT) was introduced as a formal part of US air combat training after disappointing aerial combat exchange rates in the Vietnam War. Refer to Aggressor Squadron and US Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Programme (aka TOPGUN). Background Traditionally, pilots would undertake air combat training against similar aircraft. For example, pilots… Read More

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Covid, Online Wargaming, & Keeping Soldiering Skills Sharp

An online soldier community that has been deploying video games to help keep battlefield skills sharp has started to attract toplevel interest. Players in the tri-Service UK Fight Club have turned to wargaming titles as a way of engaging each other online and practising manoeuvres that could be used on real-life exercises. Now, having picked… Read More

Flies & Sledgehammers…

“Sometimes it is entirely appropriate to kill a fly with a sledge hammer.” Another variation: “Sometimes killing a fly with a sledge hammer is entirely appropriate. It doesn’t make the fly any more dead, but the rest of the flies sure sit up and take notice.” I.L. Holdridge Holdridge, aka Major H, was a Major… Read More

The Attrition Approach…

“Through most of its wars, the united states successfully used the attrition approach. It is easier to be proficient at this type of warfare. You need to master only the simplest military skills and posses enormous quantities of arms and munitions.” James F. Dunnigan (1943 to Present) An adviser and lecturer to the State Department,… Read More