Tomorrow kicks off the 2016 Training and Simulation Industry Symposium, the annual mid-year opportunity for industry to network and interact with procurement officials for training and simulation products and services from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. It’s part of a weeklong cadre of events, beginning with the symposium, followed by the PEO STRI Change of Command on Thursday, the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) golf tournament on Friday, and the Army Birthday Ball on Saturday, June 18.
This year’s TSIS format returns to those of years past, as the focus will be on providing insights into opportunities forthcoming in the near to mid-future. Acquisition strategies, timing, and funding levels, if known, are briefed along with the appropriate point of contact information.
On day one, June 14, Chérie Smith, deputy PEO, will offer the Army’s keynote remarks, and the speaking lineup for the PMs is noted on the agenda. The TSIS overview states that attendees will learn how requirements flow from the user through TRADOC to the Material Developer (PEO STRI).
Toward the end of the first day, Colonel Marticello, Chief, Simulators Division, Air Force Materiel Command, will speak and then host a Q&A session.
Day two of TSIS will be Sea Services Day, with speakers from the Navy and Marine Corps. Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division commanding officer Captain Erik Etz will keynote the Navy speakers. Program directors will provide information on many Navy program opportunities. There will also be an opportunity to meet the presenters and ask questions during a Q&A session.
Later that afternoon, Colonel Yates will present the Marine Corps’ focus for training system acquisition, as well as planned business opportunities. The training system acquisition focus is based on General Neller’s Fragmentary Order, Advance to Contact. It builds upon his predecessor’s guidance to make maximum use of live, virtual and constructive simulation to provide the end state: “A 21st Century training and education continuum from squad leader equivalent to MAGTF commander that incorporates the best tenets of live and virtual reps and sets in a parallel and complementary manner.”
TSIS has plenty of break time built into the schedule to allow for sidebar meetings with key government attendees, as well as industry partners, to discuss teaming opportunities.
This year’s event is at the Rosen Centre Hotel on International Drive.