vIITSEC Podcast: Nick Gibbs Discusses the Future of Connected, Secure, Effective Military Training


While I/ITSEC 2020 looks different this year, vIITSEC has enabled government, industry, and academia to come together virtually to discuss the technology that will empower the next generation of training readiness.

To get a sense of how the industry is approaching the future of military readiness, we spoke with Nick Gibbs, Vice President and General Manager of Simulation and Training Solutions at Collins Aerospace, in this latest podcast, about how the industry is shifting and the importance of creating secure, connected, and effective training solutions to enable readiness in a multi-domain battlespace. 

“I/ITSEC going virtual was a smart decision,” Gibbs noted. “There is tremendous value in what happens during events like this.” Specifically, he reflected on the ongoing need for collaboration between the customer and both academic and industry to develop solutions that will prepare the warfighter for the future.

As the battlespace becomes more connected across different domains, it will be critical for training solutions to prepare the warfighter in a similar manner. “Think about the 5th generation fighters or even combat ground soldiers, and what they need both in terms of operations and training.”

Gibbs explained the intricacies of preparing pilots and warfighters in a connected battlespace across multiple domains. It requires live, virtual, constructive environments to ensure effectiveness. “You have to virtually and operationally put constructive forces into the cockpit that provide the same feedback to the pilot and to the aircraft and deliver that data to the rest of the connected vehicles whether they are on the ground or in air or sea. It is critical to give them all the right information at the right time.”

Not only is Collins Aerospace providing LVC training solutions that do this for the U.S. Navy’s TCTS II program, but the company is also integrating simulators into live missions and continuing to add more capabilities.

“We always try to innovate and provide unique products and services to our military customers while taking into consideration costs and an open system approach,” Gibbs said. This year at vIITSEC, Collins Aerospace will be showcasing its Panorama ™ HiLite Display System, which is a solid mirror product, which Gibbs explained is a lighter solution that currently available on the market and is designed for use on simulators that requires a wide field of views and cross-cockpit views for aircraft and ground vehicles.

Listen to our full conversation with Gibbs about evolving military training for a more connected battlespace here:

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