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President's Corner


A message from RADM James Robb, President, NTSA


I know you all are looking forward to spring and some better weather. This year’s weather has been a significant challenge for your planning and travel and we appreciate your efforts to make the winter events. We had an extremely successful inaugural “Readiness Summit” in Crystal City. The Summit had a terrific program highlighting the value of Training Systems and Modeling & Simulation to national security. Congressman Rob Wittman gave the congressional keynote and Dr. Laura Junor gave the government address. Both pointed out that the current environment requires that we think innovatively about new ways to train and sustain the force. One key point from the Summit was recognition that in the current restrictive budget climate, U.S. peer to peer conflict readiness has eroded as we have concentrated on counterinsurgency.

The NMSC had its second Annual Meeting on 26 February in DC. The program emphasized outreach to non-DoD entities and included stimulating presentations from the medical and manufacturing domains. NMSC continues to seek support from the M&S community to build a network of like minded organizations and associations across all developers and users. Please consider becoming a corporate or individual member of the NMSC by visiting their website at www.modsimcoaltion.org.

NTSA’s spring agenda is very full with MODSIM World coming up at the end of March. This year’s program is extremely strong and we expect a record number of attendees. We moved the event to the Virginia Beach Convention Center for the next two years to accommodate expected interest and growth for this cross Domain event.

NTSA’s international agenda continues at ITEC which is being held in Prague 28-30 April. The conference and exposition is shaping up well and includes significant outreach to the Training and Simulation community in Eastern Europe. Hope to see you there.

We are working two exciting initiatives for I/ITSEC in December. The first is the Black Swan initiative, which will highlight the value of M&S in analyzing and addressing high impact/low probability events that could affect the global community. We will have several special events this year that will establish a framework for Black Swan in the future. The second special emphasis this year will be LVC. NTSA will sponsor an LVC environment on the exposition floor in cooperation with our government and industry partners. Planning for this event is underway and those interested in participating should visit the I/ITSEC website for additional information. Companies desiring to plug into the demo need to apply by filling out an application at http://exhibits.iitsec.org. This event intends to begin a multi-year effort aimed at attacking the key standards, protocols and security that will enable greater use of LVC by both government and industry. Check it out and look for further details on both events in upcoming Newsletter issues.


RADM James Robb, USN (Ret)
NTSA President


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