This episode is a different take to our normal subjects. We are joined by Christina Balis, Global Campaign Director for QinetiQ, who looks at the non-technological aspects to tackling the challenges of Training Transformation.
Christina brings broad experience to this problem, from outside defence as well as within. Christina argues that the challenges in training for a multi-domain battlespace are predominantly NOT a technological challenge. Rather one around the people, processes and institutions.
Christina goes on to cover how we need to think about how we attract and train our people, whilst growing future commanders. We need to train for adaptability, decision making skills and with the Whole Force in mind.
We end the discussion on how we might rethink how we procure these future systems (which are a long way from merely buying military hardware. More importantly how we integrate and evolve the training capability.
As ever we are joined by Andy Fawkes from MS&T, bringing us an update on the latest happenings within modelling and simulation. This week we discuss fully immersive suits, the crossover of technologies from F1 simulation and ongoing developments in international training and collaboration.
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The suit has tactile and auditory stimuli. Founder and CEO Brodie Stanfield quote “Commanders can give orders, but when, how and if they are carried out well is determined by those in stressful situations who are possibly facing death. This type of stress is the ‘Z’ factor. And if the Z factor cannot be trained for, then task objectives are at risk and can be labelled with greater unpredictability values as stress increases. This stress therefore needs to be applied and mitigated through learning. All value-added virtual and live simulation training must consider what has been missed in the past and train their personnel to mitigate the stress affect. ”
Global Campaign Director, Training and Mission Rehearsal, QinetiQ Group plc
Dr Christina Balis is Global Campaign Director of Training and Mission Rehearsal at QinetiQ. Her 20+ years’ experience across both sides of the Atlantic encompasses consulting, industry and public policy settings, with particular focus on defence, global security and transatlantic relation.
She holds a PhD in Strategic Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced Studies and is fluent in Greek, German and French. Her interests range from history to literature and she is passionate about the importance of trust in a military environment.