GAO recommends new measures to USAF for effective aircrew training

20 September 2016 (Last Updated September 20th, 2016 18:30)

A review conducted by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the US Air Force (USAF) must further analyse and introduce new measures to improve the effectiveness of combat fighter training.

A review conducted by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the US Air Force (USAF) must further analyse and introduce new measures to improve the effectiveness of combat fighter training.

During the study, GAO reviewed the status of the combat aircrew training requirements established by the Air Force.

The agency found that the current requirements may not reflect current and emerging training needs, because the USAF has not reassessed the assumptions underlying them.

"GAO has recommended that the USAF develop a process to collect data to assess the effectiveness of annual training against these features."

GAO claimed that reassessment of assumptions underlying USAF's annual training requirements such as total annual training requirements by aircraft, the criteria for designating aircrews as experienced or inexperienced, and the mix between live and simulator training, will ensure that its forces can successfully achieve missions across a broad range of current and emerging threats.

The agency also highlights the need for establishing learning objectives and training support elements to achieve the training expectations in its annual Ready Aircrew Programme tasking memorandums.

GAO has recommended that the USAF develop a process to collect data to assess the effectiveness of annual training against these features.

It must improve the ability to develop the capabilities needed to meet its virtual training needs.

GAO reviewed Air Force training requirements and plans and interviewed officials with a non-generalisable sample of units based on the units' range of core missions.