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A message from RADM James Robb, President, NTSA

I/ITSEC 2013 was a tremendous success and my thanks to all who made it happen. The quality of the conference and the energy on the floor were exceptional. Once again our government and industry partners made the case for the value of I/ITSEC as the premier venue to find and showcase the latest concepts and technologies. In a world where every dollar requires return, I/ITSEC remains the centerpiece for the Training and Simulation community to find value.

We are optimistic that with the passage of the 2014 budget and a two year spending plan, government attendance will improve in 2014. Remember that the vast majority of the military presence at I/ITSEC is drawn from the commands that are located in Orlando and their participation has and will continue to be very strong. I/ITSEC remains the world’s largest Training and Simulation event and a place where industry and government go to find the latest in training technology and ways to make training more effective and affordable. The market for these technologies is boundless.

We just completed a successful Congressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus event in Virginia Beach, VA highlighted by Keynote addresses by Congressmen Randy Forbes and Bobby Scott. This year we focused on producing a solid agenda for the Caucus to take on for this legislative cycle and the results were impressive. We will now pull these initiatives together and work them to the Hill through the Congressional Caucus.

We have also, in conjunction with the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition, begun work on a submission for new Modeling and Simulation NAICS product and service codes. We expect this work to be complete in early April. Please contact Patrick Rowe if you are interested in participating in this important venture.

NTSA continues to build strong relationships with associations affiliated with Modeling and Simulation here and abroad. Adding to longer-standing and very productive relationships with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, this year we signed agreements with the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), which represents the training and development community. We also are working with US News on an agreement to support STEM.

You may have noticed a large contingent from the GeoSpatial community present at I/ITSEC conducting a meeting of their modeling and simulation working group. We also had a trade mission from Australia this year that will begin exhibiting in 2014. All the international pavilions increased in size in 2013 and we look for continued growth in foreign markets represented at I/ITSEC.

The remaining schedule for 2014 is packed with exciting events. I encourage you to consider attending and exhibiting at MODSIM World 2014. This year’s event will be held in the Tidewater VA area from 15-18 April and will feature a strong multi-domain agenda. On the international side, we are co-sponsors for ITEC and we look forward to seeing you in Cologne, Germany 20-23 May, 2014 for a tremendous program and exposition.

We live in a challenging time, but also one of great opportunity. The demand for training, modeling and simulation is strong and will continue to grow, and I/ITSEC 2014 is off to a tremendous start. We are looking to expand so help us help you by telling us who you would like to see at I/ITSEC 2014 and beyond.

 

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