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I/ITSEC Unveils Line-Up for Military Training Show

I/ITSEC, the world’s biggest military training event, has just released information on what will be going on at this year’s show in Orlando, Florida. Canada is always a big participant, often bringing in the largest number of non-US delegates and, of course CDR is again this year proud to be a media sponsor with our magazine distributed on the show floor.

RAdm (ret’d) James Robb, President of I/ITSEC, just conveyed the following message to CDR about what is happening this year at the show and we are pleased to pass this on to our readers. The CDR team will be there and we look forward to seeing you then.

Here’s the message from Admiral Robb:

Welcome to I/ITSEC 2019! The world’s largest training and simulation conference continues its mission of bringing the training and simulation community together in support of national security. This year, the program is packed with innovative, dynamic and wide ranging events. The exhibit hall will again be the focal point of market research and agile acquisition for training and simulation systems. Attendees will find an abundance of personal development and training opportunities throughout the week.

My most sincere thanks to the Conference Chair, Brian Holmes from Quantum 3D, the Program Chair, Jen Arnold from BHA, and over 200 passionate volunteers who continued to push the envelope for the simulation and training community. We at NTSA are dedicated to speeding the assimilation of technologies to the warfighter, and concrete funding and acquisition decisions made at this year’s I/ITSEC will contribute greatly to that goal.

The Air Force is the Lead Service at I/ITSEC this year, and the theme “Winning the War of Cognition by Pushing Readiness and Lethality Boundaries” was inspired by General Goldfein, the Air Force Chief of Staff, who has put forward an emphasis on the need for the Services to “out think” the enemy in future conflicts and to address the need to bring training and education programs fully into the digital age.

I/ITSEC’s five-day program includes 125 technical papers, 18 tutorials and 41 special events and will be attended by nearly 4,000 members of the military, government, and academic and research organizations representing over 50 countries. We will start Monday with a panel discussion by the Congressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus, led by Rep. Bobby Scott, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, Rep. Martha Roby and Rep. John Rutherford.

On Tuesday, we have an extremely strong opening ceremony with a keynote from Mark Matthews, President, Quantum 3D Government Systems, as well as the government keynote speaker, General Stephen W. Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. These keynotes will be followed by a Senior Leaders Panel that includes representatives from OSD, all the Services, and NATO.

Other high-powered panels include Air Force General Officer representatives from HQ and all major Command Operations Directorates (A3) discussing trends in simulation and training needs. On Wednesday morning, we have a special event featuring key flag officers from the United States Navy discussing their training and readiness challenges. Other key special events include discussions of opportunities associated with 5G networks regarding training, the use of AI in the training environment, and advancements in Acquisition Agility. We welcome the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to the I/ITSEC program, as they will bring a general officer-led panel which will discuss their emerging requirements.

We are emphasizing the importance of healthcare and patient outcomes through simulation technologies at this year’s event. With centralization of much of the DoD medical system under the Defense Health Agency. (DHA), we have scheduled two panels with the leaders of both DHA and the VA which will discuss the critical need to improve patient safety outcomes. There is also an expanded presence by the Defense Health Agency, PEO STRI medical related programs, and the Veterans Health Agency on the show floor. Complimentary to these initiatives, the Medical Pavilion at I/ITSEC will be considerably expanded this year.

We have a strong international program focused on innovation in the classroom, European perspectives on blended learning, as well as a host of events examining challenges in the key enabling areas of integration, cybersecurity, common databases and cloud-hosting training services.

The National Training and Simulation Association is building on the success of the “Launch Pad” initiative by bringing a version of Air Force “Pitch Day” to the show floor. We also have a new competition called “Iron Dev”, where teams will compete to create training systems from stock items provided to them by the planning committee.

NTSA continues to invest in technology that improves the attendees and exhibitor experience at I/ITSEC. This year, we are expanding on the success of our new show management app that allows attendees and exhibitors to digitally interact with the conference schedule and the “digital show floor”. Attendees will be able to “plan your show” by searching and sorting conference content in real time. The enhanced exhibitor profiles include highlights, videos and the ability set up visits with booth personnel. Exhibitors and attendees should be sure to take advantage of these innovative features.

Thanks for joining me and over 16,500 of your international teammates here in Orlando for the most important event of its kind on the planet. Let’s make the most of this incredible opportunity.

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