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Historical parallels suggest benefits of cost-effective training realism

18th September 2020 - 15:45 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy

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The recent virtual US Army Maneuver Warfighter Conference, hosted by the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning in Georgia, featured an eclectic presentation from Ralph Petroff, president of Marathon Targets USA. 

He drew on the diverse historical examples of King Edward II of England and the USN's Top Gun programme to highlight how modern soldier lethality can be improved.

In essence, Petroff argued that lethality — the efficiency that soldiers engage and kill the enemy — depends upon practise and using realistic and representative targets that mimic the actions of the adversary.

Edward II mandated regular practise with the longbow while

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