Virtual War is Better Than a Real War


Roughly ten years ago, I took part in a "virtual" warfighter exercise that involved thousands of troops and computer simulations and scenarios that would have dwarfed what these British soldiers probably had to deal with. This sort of thing has been around for a while, but, for the rapidly shrinking British Army, getting a couple of hundred of them in one place doing anything in the future is going to be news, no matter what.

Technology is never going to be a substitute for actually being able to deploy troops, support them, and extract them when your nation decides it has had enough of endless war and endless profits for defense contractors. Having said that, it's always better to be training for war than to be actually in a war, no matter what the politicians say.