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A Message From NTSA President RADM James Robb, USN (Ret)

Welcome to a new year of exciting NTSA events! We are off to a great start with an extremely successful Congressional Caucus Leadership Summit in mid-March. Congressmen Randy Forbes and Bobby Scott gave excellent keynotes highlighting the importance of Modeling and Simulation to the nation. Linda Brent did a fabulous job putting together a set of hard hitting panels discussing Black Swan events associated with Cyber vulnerabilities. We will continue the Black Swan mega-theme throughout the year that will culminate at I/ITSEC.

The National Modeling and Simulation Coalition (NMSC) had its third Annual Meeting on 10 March in Chesapeake Virginia. The program continued a strong outreach to non-DoD entities and included fantastic presentations from the medical and manufacturing domains. On the medical side, we continue to focus on patient safety as an area needing attention at the national level. Several hundred thousand individuals a year die due to errors in treatment. This is clearly an area in which training programs supported by modeling & simulation can help. We also enjoyed an exciting presentation from Elizabeth Baron of Ford Motor Company that demonstrated how Ford is using Simulation and Virtual Reality in its design and engineering processes. The NMSC continues to seek support from the M&S community to build a network of like minded organizations and associations across all domains and industries. Please consider becoming a corporate or individual member of the NMSC by visiting their website – www.thenmsc.org.

NTSA’s next signature event is MODSIM World, 26-28 April, in the Virginia Beach Convention Center. This year’s program will highlight Congressman Randy Forbes as the keynote and build into an extremely strong three days of presentations and discussion. The purpose of MODSIM World is to bring together leaders from government, industry, research and academic institutions to explore the full potential of modeling and simulation in key practice areas. These will include cyber security, transportation and distribution, energy security, learning and training, and defense and national security. Themes for MODSIM World 2016 include Protecting the Nation; Better Living through Simulation; Shipping and Transportation; Keeping the Lights On; and Lifelong Learning. Registration is going well and Mike Spitz of SAIC has done a fantastic job with the program. Register now at http://www.trainingsystems.org/events. Make sure you come - and bring a friend!

NTSA’s international agenda continues at ITEC which is being held in London 17-19 May. ITEC will host a record number of conference and exhibition attendees so make sure you take advantage of this rich collection of training and simulation leaders from abroad. Hope to see you there and be sure to stop by and visit NTSA in booth A154.

We are very excited about the results of last year’s I/ITSEC where we saw dramatically increased presence from government and industry. Planning for I/ITSEC 2016 is well underway, to include the second OPERATION BLENDED WARRIOR, which is in full swing with over 45 government and industry entities participating this year. We will add true live feeds into the convention center and are attacking the challenges of bringing Coalition partners into the event. We will also continue the Black Swan theme in a family of events, to include paper presentations and show floor activities. Government travel restrictions are easing significantly and we expect continued strong growth at I/ITSEC.

RADM James Robb, USN (Ret)
NTSA President

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