I/ITSEC 2017: Collaboration, STE, Operation Blended Warrior and other Important Takeaways

I/ITSEC 2017

What a whirlwind I/ITSEC 2017 has been.  We’ve heard so much about the future of LVC, the growing role of STE, and how programs like Operation Blended Warrior are pushing the industry and branches of services forward through more cohesive collaboration.

To celebrate a yet another successful week of learning and connecting at I/ITSEC, the team at Modern Military Training compiled some of their favorite moments from the show:

Opening remarks from General Perkins of TRADOC and Don Ariel of Raydon challenged attendees, both on the industry and the service sides, to work more closely together and think beyond outdated processes. That is how true innovation will take place and that will be the way forward for training our military.

An excellent example of said collaboration is the recently announced partnership between CAE and Rockwell Collins. The company demonstrated an integrated LVC training solution during I/ITSEC this year. Modern Military Training had the opportunity to speak with Gene Colabatistto about the collaboration and how it will improve interoperability for today’s warfighter.

Now in it’s third year at I/ITSEC, Operation Blended Warrior (OBW) has become a show staple and really demonstrates for attendees the leading technological partnerships in LVC that are pushing initiatives like interoperability forward. NTSA President RADM James Robb touches on the international aspect of OBW this year and how those international relationships bring important perspectives to the growing arena.

Utilizing technologies like big data, machine learning, and AI were also a major point of discussion at this year’s show. Industry and service experts discussed quite a bit about how and why adoption at the government level is slower and what important needs those technologies would address with regards to more personalized, optimized training.

We had the opportunity to speak with panelist Young Bang of Booz Allen Hamilton about these growing trends and how they will disrupt the training environment.  Stay tuned for more video interviews on this topic.

We also learned quite a bit from industry leaders about making AR, VR, and MR technologies more realistic.  As these technologies become more mainstream, the focus of industry leaders like Rockwell Collins is swiveling to enhancing the “reality” part of virtual and augmented reality. Nick Scarnato at Rockwell Collins explained the importance of integrating tactile field elements in the training process.

To read our coverage of this year’s I/ITSEC show, please visit our I/ITSEC 2017 section on Modern Military Training. You can also stay up to date on important trends and best practices in simulation and training by subscribing to our newsletter.