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The U.S. Training Systems Industry is a vital part of the private and defense industrial base that is making a real and positive difference in the nations military readiness and the nations productivity and competitiveness. This primary industry is the infrastructure that supports the nations and worlds training needs. The Training Systems Industry meets an organizations training needs through the development, sale and service of the training systems, devices, and processes required by organizations. Moreover, because of its critically in providing training in todays competitive and dynamic environments, U.S. Training Systems Industry can only be considered as a national asset.

All organizations provide some type of training. Simply defined, training is the process of imparting proficiency and efficiency through drill, practice, simulation, discipline and instruction. McDonalds must train each new employee in how to run a cash register and how to cook burgers the McDonalds way. Salesmen receive training on their product lines. Soldiers are trained in how to drive a truck and march in formation. The distinction however, between the world class and the mediocre organization pivots on their understanding of trainings role in the organization. A world class organization understands the impacts of training on their bottom-line measures of effectiveness. The mediocre see training as a desirable but non-essential task to be done when time and resources permit. A world class organization integrates training into the pursuit of their core mission. The mediocre set up a separate training department that must annually justify its existence. Even more importantly in todays world, the organizations very survival depends on the success of its training to meet change and competition.

Change and competition define all aspects of modern life and enterprise. Technological, political, economic, or social changes can precipitate change throughout society and industry. The technological change of the steam engine created the Industrial Age and it in turn changed economies, politics, and social structures. Change also invites competition. Competitors seek advantage in change either to maintain the status quo or to overturn it. Todays individuals and organizations must contend with a complex mix of dynamic and competitive environments in order to pursue their core mission.

To achieve their core mission in this dynamic and competitive environment, modern organizations (whether public, private, or military) must successfully manage change and counter their competitors actions (i.e. status quo threats). For example, new workers must be hired to replace workers who leave for higher pay at a competitor. As fundamental processes and technologies become obsolete, new processes and technologies must be selected and implemented. Competitive action and threats must be anticipated, contingencies identified, and countermeasures implemented. Additionally, every member of a modern organization must be involved. Change affects everything and everyone in an organization. The organization and every member of it must be prepared for change and participate in the organizations response to competition. In a successful modern organization, change is the status quo. Managing change requires that an organization prepares for change. Training is key to that preparation.

In order for organizations to prepare for change and competition, training must be a core process. Successful and thriving organizations employ knowledgeable and adaptable managers and workers who perform their assignments at the highest levels of performance and of preparation. Training leads change, defines competition and enables success.

At some level, every organization realizes training is a core process. Grocery stores train counter clerks in how to use a cash register. Corporations send their executives to retreats and team building seminars. The military practice air combat and amphibious landing. Airline pilots practice emergencies in simulators. However, in the successful organization, the world class organization, training is not piecemeal or limited to an isolated activity such as new hires or annual executive retreats. In the successful organization training is continuous, pervasive, and institutionalized. Within these organizations, every individual not only knows the tasks before them, they know they will have the resources to adapt to new tasks and threats tomorrow.

Training is a core process in a successful and modern organization. Training is not a separate department or ancillary function of the organization. Training is core, fundamental, and integrated. The dynamic and competitive environment necessitates effective and efficient training as an integral part of an organizations life. The pressures of competition and change leave few alternatives to effective and efficient training.

The U.S. Training Systems Industry currently leads the world in training systems, devices, technology and methodology. The U.S. Training Systems Industry supports the training in world class organizations and those who strive to be world class. By its current dominance in the world training market, through its importance in creating other world class organizations regardless of what core mission an organization pursues, the U.S. Training Systems Industry is a national asset.

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