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PREMIUM: US report delivers wake-up call for CAS training

11th March 2021 - 12:24 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy

The GAO has criticised the way that the US DoD undertakes its close air support training, noting a lack of monitoring and using contractor aircraft that do not represent in-service platforms.

Successful CAS requires ‘detailed planning, seamless communications and effective training’, according to a recent report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The report (released last month) studied blue force tracking and training; it highlighted the DoD ‘has actively worked to address identified shortfalls in the CAS mission’ since 2000 ...

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