161128iitsec01The 50th celebration of the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference (I/ITSEC) was successfully completed in December with NATO again supporting the conference at all levels.

161128iitsec02Billed as the largest Modelling, Simulation and Training event in the world, the conference features 17,000 attendees from 69 countries, over 390 exhibitors and 130 academic paper presentations as well as numerous high-level military panels.

161128iitsec03NATO’s Allied Command Transformation is not only involved with the planning committee of this major event but it also supports panels with senior officers, and operates a stand on the show floor together with the NATO Science & Technology Organisation. At this year's conference, NATO's Allied Command Transformation demonstrated its Virtual Operational Headquarters training concept, which created great interest from a variety of NATO Force Structure and NATO and partner nations, including Germany, Canada, Finland, Sweden and America. The Education & Individual Training section also demonstrated NATO's current e-Learning courses and capabilities, working on shared development and the latest Education and Training future programmes and pedagogy.

Assistant Chief of Staff, Joint Education, Training & Exercises, Brigadier General Tsouganatos, attended the event and spoke during the opening ceremony on the senior officer panel, outlining NATO's need for increased use of modelling and simulation in all of its capability development areas as well as investigating and delivering improved education and training to NATO forces.

Brigadier General Tsouganatos said, "This conference is quite amazing […] from the impressive show floor with exhibitors displaying the latest innovations in technology and simulation, to the academic and military discussions ongoing throughout. I have enjoyed attending and hope NATO next year will increase its attendance, and ensure we gain the most from this opportunity."

Planning for the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference is already underway, and promises to be another major event for NATO as the Alliance links together with industrial leaders covering areas such as medical, command and control, training simulation, cyber and networking.

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