Information Warfare: December 29, 2004


: The U.S. Air Force has always seen itself as a high-tech and innovative operation. So it was with some dismay that they viewed the success of the U.S. Armys online game (to help snag new recruits) roll out two years ago. The Americas Army game inspired the air force to do one of their own; USAF: Air Dominance. While the name of the game evokes what the air force sees of itself (controlling the air with high tech warplanes), the game is more practical. Sure, you can fly the hot new F-22 fighter in the game, but you can also fly a Predator UAV, or a C-17 transport. These latter two aircraft are doing far more for national defense these days than the F-22. Moreover, the air force doesnt need much help in the recruiting department. At the moment, the air force is laying off people. Over 90 percent of the people in the air force are in support jobs, and never get near an aircraft during working hours. But the air force wisely decided to not include office work or guard duty in their new game. The air force only spent $250,000 and three months to develop their new game, while the army spent over $5 million and several years to create Americas Army. 


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