Man I tell ya, the US Air Force is committing another mistake and repeatingSounds like the "fighter mafia" guys have all aged and been retired, and are now getting replaced by a new generation of "keyboard kommandoes". Simulator training will not replace actually getting in, strapping down, and flying like your life depends on it. Only makes sense if you plan on swapping out manned aircraft for UAVs / robo-fighters.... don't quite think we're there yet.
Interesting to note that Navy / Marine Corp aviation, though significantly smaller than the Air Force, have a total of 6 squadrons tasked with aggressor type training. Makes you think back to the birth of the "fighter mafia"... looks like the Navy still believes in mixin' it up and gunfighting, while the Air Force is moving back to it's pilots doing nothing more than transporting air to air ordnance to a launch point.