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Synthetic & Simulation Training Event Guide

Hear from some of the biggest decision makers from across the military about 3D simulation systems, sensors, VR, AI and the “game engine”, acquisition priorities across multiple DoD branches and more at the Synthetic & Simulation Training Summit. Check out the agenda to see the full speaker line-up, sessions and topics you can expect September 23-25 in Orlando, FL.

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Speakers Include:

  • Brigadier General Michael E. Sloane, Program Executive Officer, Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI)
  • Colonel Robert H. Epstein, Commander, Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation (AFAMS)
  • Joe B. Parson Jr., Senior Technical Advisor, Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Team (STE-CFT), U.S. Army Futures Command
  • Colonel Johnny Cochran, Deputy Director, Close Combat Lethality Task Force, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Earl Miller, Branch Chief, Special Operations Forces Planning, Rehearsal, and Execution Preparation (SOFPREP), U.S. Special Operations Command (U.S. SOCOM)
  • Scott Nutter, General Manager, Pilot Learning & Development, Delta
  • And many more

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

  • Synthetic Training and Cyber Defense for Future Combat
  • Readiness and Cyber Initiatives through Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) Training
  • The Challenge Associated with Modeling and Simulating a Cyber Attack

Presentation 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 Team

  • Where They Are
  • Where They Need To Be
  • Why STE is paramount to achieving the Army vision; enhances readiness by preparing the force for ANY FIGHT, ANYWHERE, and on ANY TERRAIN

Presentation by Major General Maria R. Gervais, Synthetic Training Environment (STE) Cross Functional Team Director | Deputy Commanding General, Combined Arms Center - Training | U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth

Improving U.S Army Simulated Training Through New Technology

  • PEO STRI Overview
  • Combining the Integrated Training Environment with the Synthetic Training Environment
  • Improving Synthetic Training Environment exercises on the Training Simulation Software

Presentation 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 Landscape
  • Governance structure necessary to enable the sharing of common services
  • New Modeling and Simulation (M&S) capabilities to enhance DoD operational challenges

Presentation by Ryan McAlinden, Director of Modeling, Simulation and Training | Institute for Creative Technologies, USC | U.S. Army University Affiliated Research Center (UARC)

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!

Building the Virtual Battlefield: 2019 STE Program Updates and Recent Developments

Explore the future of combat training in the piece that outlines the latest Synthetic Training Environment (STE) program updates and recent developments.

The Synthetic Training Environment is the U.S. Army’s initiative to converge virtual, constructive and gaming training environments into a single unified architecture. This ambitious project will enable simulation systems Army-wide to leverage a persistent virtual world for every imaginable training need. As the Army shifts its focus to fighting in a multi-domain environment, this new, STE system will enable collective training across air, ground, sea, cyber and space with greater fidelity that can be used not only as a trainer but also as a mission-planning tool.

STE's Common Synthetic Environment (CSE), designed to allow interoperability between live training simulation systems, is scheduled to reach initial operational capability status in September 2021. The Army plans to deploy the system to more than 400 locations upon the attainment of full operational capability.

So far this summer, the DoD has awarded 5 contracts to accelerate the development and deployment of STE systems. The following is a summary of recently awarded contracts, OTAs and other new developments driving the STE initiative forward.

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Current Attendee Snapshot 2019

Get a sneak peek into the 2019 Synthetic & Simulation Training Summit. Download the attendee snapshot to learn more about titles, agencies and organizations who signed up for the summit!

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.

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!

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.

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 functionality. The impact VR and 3D imagery have on users can be great if properly executed.

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.

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."

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.