September 23 - 25, 2019
Orlando, Florida

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Synthetic & Simulation Training Event Guide

View the full event outline for IDGA's inaugural Synthetic & Simulation Training, which will explore the current and future direction of virtual training & simulation technologies. 

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Past Attendee Snapshot

Download our past attendee snapshot to learn more about titles, agencies and organizations who signed up for the Synthetic Training Summit last year!

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Justify your attendance to Synthetic and Simulation Training taking place September 30 - October 2, 2019 in Orlando, FL with our customizable "Dear Boss Letter."

Past Presentations

Victory Over and Across Domains: Training for Tomorrow’s Battlefields

Synthetic Training and Cyber Defense for Future CombatReadiness and Cyber Initiatives through Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) TrainingThe Challenge Associated with Modeling and Simulating a Cyber AttackPresentation by Jennifer McArdle, Assistant Professor of Cyber Defense, Salve Regina University

Major General Maria R. Gervais on the Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Team

An overview of the Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional TeamWhere They AreWhere They Need To BeWhy STE is paramount to achieving the Army vision; enhances readiness by preparing the force for ANY FIGHT, ANYWHERE, and on ANY TERRAINPresentation by Major General Maria R. Gervais, Synthetic Training Environment (STE) Cross Functional...

Improving U.S Army Simulated Training Through New Technology

PEO STRI OverviewCombining the Integrated Training Environment with the Synthetic Training EnvironmentImproving Synthetic Training Environment exercises on the Training Simulation SoftwarePresentation by Brigadier General Michael E. Sloane, Program Executive Officer, Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI)

Technology Advancements for U.S. Army Training and Test & Evaluation

Leveraging Commercial Capabilities for a Changing Technical LandscapeGovernance structure necessary to enable the sharing of common servicesNew Modeling and Simulation (M&S) capabilities to enhance DoD operational challengesPresentation by Ryan McAlinden, Director of Modeling, Simulation and Training | Institute for Creative Technologies, USC | U.S. Army University Affiliated Research Center (UARC)

Featured Content

Transforming Defence Through AI and Machine Learning [INTERVIEW]

NATO's chief scientist calls on the commercial sector to aid in military growth. In this interview with Dr. Thomas Killion you'll learn about the key areas where artificial intelligence and machine learning have already begun to enhance military decision-making. Learn more!

BREAKING NEWS: Major General Maria R. Gervais Confirmed as Keynote Speaker for the Synthetic and Simulation Training Event (November 7-9, 2019 | Orlando, FL).

The recently appointed Director of the CFT (Cross Functional Team) for STE (the Synthetic Training Environment) has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the Synthetic and Simulation Training Summit, running November 7-9th, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Read the press piece here and register for the event today!

Real Insight for Synthetic Training: An Interview with Brian Serra

An exclusive Q&A with Brian Serra, a Branch Chief, Contracting Officer, and Agreements Officer for the Army Contracting Command-Orlando. Serra has worked for PEO STRI for the past 10 years as a bureaucracy fighter. In addition to his role at the ACC-Orlando, Serra proudly holds the 2017 Award as an...

Synthetic Training In The News

With simulation training taking over the way the armed forces and the military prepare for battle, many new developments are taking place on a regular basis. Take a look at some of the latest news surrounding synthetic and simulation training to educate yourself on the latest developments. More information related...

Enhancing Military Readiness Through Synthetic Training

Today, the live training environment is not conducive to many of the training needs of fifth generation platforms: live training ranges are spatially too restricted, fail to produce realistic threat scenarios, and risk revealing the unique warfighting attributes of platforms. These barriers are pressing military operatives to rethink live training...

Videos & Presentations

Synthetic Training and Virtual Reality: More about results than reality

This video offers an introduction to how Defense is utilizing the gaming industry and 3D designers' expertise (and budgets) to optimize operations within the military. The full article, originally written for DefenceIQ, reiterates the importance of focusing on precise and acute results as the bottom line over high-tech designs and...

Synthetic Training Environment In Action

Explore this interactive Prezi to take a deep dive into the different segments of the STE. Click your way through and gain even more insight on what's to come in November at our Summit in Orlando, FL.

LIVE RECORDING of The Disruptive World & the Integrated Force, by Jennifer McArdle

YouTube recording  of Jennifer McArdle, Assistant Professor of Cyber Defense at Salve Regina University, presenting at the Royal Australian Air Force's Air Power Conference of 2018.

Preparing Rotary Wing Pilots for In-Theatre Challenges Through Maximising Training Capabilities

In this presentation, Colonel Kelly Hines, Commander of the 110th Aviation Brigade,  discusses the vision and goals for training the world’s best combat aviators.

Additional Materials

CAE Showcases New Fixed-Base Military Helicopter Training Platform

Gene Colabatistto, the president of the defense and security group at CAE, offers his commentary on the newly revealed helicopter simulation platform unveiled by CAE at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow in the U.K. CAE plans to offer the platform to military customers for mission and flight training.

Transforming ISR Capabilities Through AI, Machine Learning, and Big Data

Dr. Thomas Killion, Chief Scientist, NATO, provides insight on incorporating Artificial Intelligence into defense strategies. Such work has already begun to transform NATO's ISR capabilities with regards to assimilation and data processing in efforts to effectively identify targets. What's next is yet to be seen.

Q&A: Changing the Training Paradigm to Maximize Readiness

Colonel Bradley M. Crites Commander Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation discusses what is next for the agency.

The "Disruptive World" and the Integrated Force: Readiness through LVC

Jennifer McArdle's presentation from the 2018 Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) Air Power Conference. McArdle emphasizes the importance of LVC training and explains why training must be "increasingly pushed into the virtual and constructive environment."

Virtual reality for defence less about ‘reality’ than results.

The need for realistic, high-end graphics are less important than having effective training that yields significant operational outcomes. 

Cubic signs $7.1m deal to provide simulation services to Australian Navy

As the US finalizes details for STE (Simulation Training Environment), Australia's Navy is already underway with contracts to move ahead with the same initiatives.