The quote ‘train as we mean to fight’ comes near the end of this video from QinetiQ on naval combat systems engineering, realistic training is critical to success.
It is and always was ‘all about the people’
As we fight also means where we might fight.
Where we might is generally accepted to be littoral and urban, or so says the eggheads in the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC).at least as defined as Cluttered, Congested, Connected, Constrained and Contested.
So this must surely mean we are investing training funds in locations and activities that reflect those predictions.
The Army is continuing its urban or built up area training in places like Copehill Down and STANTA (Google them to see what I mean) with the occasional trip to CENZUB in France. In early 2012 I wrote about Agile Warrior and the British Army’s evolving urban concepts, not sure where that has gone but today we see plenty of images and news pieces of the Army and Army Reserve getting back to armoured operations in big wide open spaces.
The RAF is practising supporting operations in cluttered and congested environments by participating in Red Flag in the close terrain of the Nevada desert.
And the Royal Navy and Royal Marines are just about to complete Exercise Joint Warrior, concluding with an attack on a 16th Century castle in Scotland.
Basics are always the basics that will apply to any environment and future operations in wide open spaces are hardly an impossibility but the question is, are the British armed forces training as they are likely to fight or training as they hope to fight?
Come to think of it, are they also equipping for the fight they hope for or the fight they are likely to be involved with?