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A message from RADM James Robb, President, NTSA


2015 is proving to be a year of considerable momentum across the spectrum of NTSA activities and events. This is evidence, I believe, of a broadening recognition among many stakeholders of the critical importance of modeling and simulation in many vital areas. I am continually amazed and appreciative of the dedication and energy of the NTSA staff, as well as the depth of commitment and the incredible knowledge base of our many volunteers, without whose commitment our mission could simply not be accomplished.

We had a tremendous showing at the Training and Simulation Industry Symposium (TSIS) event in Orlando last month with over 750 attendees. This year PEO STRI commander MG Maddux introduced a rich mixture of Requirements and Program briefs that greatly improved the agenda. While overall budgets continue to be under pressure, it is evident that all the Services are focusing on ways to improve incorporation of virtual environments into future training campaign plans. I would like to thank Joe O’Connell and the NDIA Chapter team in Orlando for all their hard work facilitating the program. Events like TSIS are at the core of the NTSA mission and we were delighted to see increased attendance this year by both industry and government. You can read more about TSIS 2015 in the July issue of the NTSA & I/ITSEC Newsletter.

The Capitol Hill Modeling & Simulation Expo was held on 9 July and was a great success. 10 Congressman and staffers from over 30 congressional offices joined us for the event. Increasing interest in training and simulation was evident in both the member turnout and participation from industry. This year we increased our exhibitor base from 18 to 25 and had to turn away another 14 organizations that wanted to bring their capabilities to the venue. Congressmen Forbes, Scott, Mica and Wittman all spoke, emphasizing the importance of capitalizing on advances in modeling, simulation, and data science to improve national security. You can read more about the Capitol Hill Expo in the July issue of the NTSA & I/ITSEC Newsletter.

ITEC 2015 was held in Prague, Czech Republic in May and was very successful. Over 100 companies exhibited and there were over 3000 visitors to the event. This venture into the Eastern European area turned out to be less risky than initially feared. The Czechs were great hosts and it was obvious that industry was eagerly seeking expansion into eastern European markets. ITEC will be held in London, England in May 2016. Make plans to be there.

In September, NTSA will be supporting SISO, the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization, with this year’s Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop (SIW) in Orlando, FL. The 2015 Fall SIW, which will take place August 31 to September 4 at the Florida Hotel & Conference Center at the Florida Mall, will provide a wealth of learning and networking opportunities to those with an interest in simulation and standards. The event will feature thirty-six papers spread across three themed tracks, keynote speakers, interactive panel sessions, working group sessions, and an exhibits area. You can read more about the Fall SIW in the July issue of the NTSA & I/ITSEC Newsletter

I/ITSEC 2015 is on track to be a great success in December. The program is extremely strong, with the LVC demo being strongly supported by government and industry. We are working hard to ensure the right folks are there to see the demo and need your help inviting the right customers and partners to what is sure to be another great conference and exhibition. See you there!


RADM James Robb, USN (Ret)
NTSA President


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