Yesterday, House Armed Services Committee Vice Chair Elaine Luria participated in a Readiness Subcommittee on training mishaps in the Armed Forces to discuss how the military can mitigate risks and factors to reduce the likelihood of accidents.
“As Vice Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, I am working to ensure we put our brave men and women in the best position to defend our nation,” said Congresswoman Elaine Luria. “Investing in realistic and effective training exercises and taking steps to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on military readiness are key to giving our servicemembers the confidence and skills they need to be successful in battle.”
During the hearing, Congresswoman Luria referenced the 2017 collisions involving the USS MCCAIN and USS FITZGERALD and sought clarification from ADM Bill Lescher on how the Navy is improving Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) training. She asked if the Navy has metrics that provide evidence of improved SWO training since 2017 and if there were any problematic or negative trends. Finally, Congresswoman Luria inquired about integrated air and missile defense and anti-submarine warfare training, asking if there are any areas within that subject that are of concern.
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