We’ve made it to Day 4 of I/ITSEC 2018 and after walking across the show floor several times to see some of the cutting-edge technology that’s out there preparing warfighters for the high-end fight today, we kept hearing one common theme: there’s no quick fix and there’s no single solution that can do it all. Partnerships remain a crucial component of the defense industry, with each industry partner bringing their own “secret sauce” to the table to create a suite of solutions that push warfighters to train how they actually fight.
For today’s recap of the show, we wanted to highlight specific takeaways that spoke to the criticality of partnership, collaboration, and teamwork, all in the name of a readier warfighter. Here are what some of the attendees at I/ITSEC 2018 had to share:
With shrinking budgets always top of mind for the defense industry, it’s easy to prioritize cost, but Dr. J.J. Vogel-Walcutt of ADL Initiative reminded us that it cannot be the only priority. Collaboration is key to finding the right combination of technologies that effectively train the warfighter without breaking the bank.
Measuring #ROI should include faster, better, cheaper – but too often we only measure faster, cheaper. @TeamOrlandoMST provided an excellent backdrop for helping us redefine and measure “better”!! (Hint: build #trust, #collaboration, & #innovation for ultimate success!🇺🇸) #IITSEC pic.twitter.com/oWgaVGFMY4
— Dr. JJ Vogel-Walcutt (@drjj_adl) November 28, 2018
No partnership is without its hurdles – learning from past collaborations and applying that wisdom to future ones was a featured perspective at I/ITSEC this year.
This year’s signature event on Simulation Enabling Coalition Collaboration focuses on case studies of collaborations that worked, what obstacles were faced & how challenges were solved on day three of #IITSEC 2018. pic.twitter.com/1JJztxmoIu
— I/ITSEC (@iitsec) November 28, 2018
— Alion Science and Technology (@AlionScience) November 29, 2018
As we mentioned, the Modern Military Training team heard time and again on the show floor that no one solution exists that addresses every need for training the warfighter. This is a sentiment held all across the industry.
Understanding that no one solution will be the answer to effective #LVC implementation is key. Ask any of the thought leaders at #IITSEC 2018 this week. Full story on #ModernMilitaryTraining: https://t.co/iKQjEkrYBK @iitsec #IITSEC2018 pic.twitter.com/nlzMG9kHvo
— Collins Aerospace (@CollinsAero) November 29, 2018
Industry collaboration ideally results in an offering that pushes the envelope for quality. An adage that comes to mind is the concept that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
At #IITSEC @presagis & @EpicGames announced a strategic collaboration to bring realism & quality for #virtual environments created from #geospatial data. https://t.co/HvpMmqlj9A pic.twitter.com/QaqZP8Ssnx
— MTSC (@MTSC14) November 27, 2018
Nautilus are very pleased to announce at #IITSEC a strategic partnership, with @simleade of Canada, for the future provision of #simulator #training systems. Sim Leader is a global provider of innovative #simulation training products, immersive environments and #AI pic.twitter.com/RZMltpBr6K
— Nautilus International (@Nautilus_Intl) November 28, 2018
Raydon is demoing their Reconfigurable Vehicle Trainers using BISim’s VBS Blue IG at our booth 2235 this week at #IITSEC2018. The trainers support gunnery and maneuver training for over 30 different tracked and wheeled vehicles. Learn more about Raydon: https://t.co/UahxAP99y6 pic.twitter.com/9XToXXpLKF
— BISimulations (@BISimulations) November 28, 2018
Check out Modern Military Training’s I/ITSEC 2018 section to catch up on what you might have missed from the show. You can subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated on upcoming show coverage in coming weeks.