ITEC 2011 included Australian, UK and US perspectives on a strategic roadmap for defence MS&T
What will the military simulation and training landscape look like in 2025? The ITEC 2011
conference will be living up to its reputation as a forum for forward-looking debate with a new stream entitled, ‘MS&T - the coming decades'
. Running over days 1 and 2 of the conference (May 10 and 11), the stream included Australian, UK and US perspectives on a strategic roadmap for defence MS&T. Speakers included Dr Chris Mace, Director Defence Support Reviews, UK MOD.
The 22nd ITEC began with a keynote address given by Lieutenant General Karlheinz Viereck of the German Air Force, who holds the role of Deputy Chief of Staff, Joint Force Training, (HQ SACT), NATO. General Viereck will tackle the burning question of how simulation and training can support operational challenges in the context of fiscal pressures.
Those fiscal pressures, which are being felt by many militaries, have highlighted the need for efficient procurement and conference sessions are dedicated to maximising performance in this all-important area, including ways of shortening the procurement cycle.
Training to defeat cyber warfare moves ever higher up the agenda and the papers to be presented include an argument for a simulation system that can be employed across the live, virtual and constructive training domains.
Not all military operations involve conflict. The major natural disasters that have struck countries around the world have highlighted the crucial role of emergency management planning and conference delegates will be able to hear how the training sector is responding to the challenge through such techniques such as the creation of virtual worlds.
Running concurrently with the ITEC conference, the exhibition will provide tangible evidence of the innovative ways the training and simulation industry continues to respond to changing customer needs.