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Training and Simulation Forum Guest Blog

GUEST BLOG: Wayne Buck

04 Jan 12 | By Wayne Buck

Allied Command Transformation (ACT) is one of NATO’s two strategic military commands. With its headquarters (HQ) in Norfolk, USA, the command has staff, training and research elements across Europe. At the HQ there is a small staff of four designated as the modelling and simulation (M&S) section. The section’s primary responsibilities are to develop ACT M&S policy while contributing to NATO M&S policy, and to determine military M&S requirements.

The section also provides the command with simulation subject matter expertise, outreach, and education, while contributing to the command’s relationship with industry.

ACT’s M&S vision is to exploit modelling and simulation to enable NATO transformation wherever it can enhance capability, increase interoperability, save resources or reduce risk in the ACT application areas of training, support to operations, defence planning and capability development. In practical terms, the vision is accomplished by collaborating closely with other NATO bodies and the Nations. The main collaborative body is the NATO Modelling and Simulation Group which has representation from all Nations and many NATO bodies.

For the last several years, ACT has used the NMSG as a vehicle to gather interested parties to investigate, discuss, debate and provide solutions to current and future challenges. It is the intent of ACT to try to involve even more actors in contributing to possible solutions to NATO’s challenges.

This website and blog is a great opportunity for us to pose questions to interested parties and to update the simulation community on current NATO activities. From us you can expect periodic updates on events and projects. We are looking forward to your comments.

Our thanks to Tim and his colleagues for setting up the site and allowing us to use it.

Our next guest blog will be about the use of serious games to educate political science students.

Below are several of the events that ACT will be leading in the coming months.

MSG-113 Exploiting Commercial Technologies and Games for NATO – 11th Workshop

The objective of this workshop is to share national experiences, explore commercial and games technologies, understand best practices, and to identify barriers to further exploitation and ways these might be overcome.

In particular, this workshop will deal with immersive technologies and the realities of their usage as well as the challenges of interoperability.

Areas to be addressed may include:
- How immersive technologies are being effectively employed in support of military training.
- Anthologies and/or guidelines that will help policy makers and trainers understand the immersive technologies and how their attributes map to specific training requirements.
- The application of immersive technology in support of decision-making training in kinetic and non-kinetic scenarios for small units.
- How can instructional designers develop and integrate immersive learning into the formal structural development process for building education and training courses.
- What areas of Education & Training along with Exercises can Immersive learning fill, and how can we integrate that into SCORM. Basically, a review and brainstorm on what is possible and what is not.
- Creative applications of immersive technology that show promise in support of military training or education.
- Moving beyond training to use these technologies in direct support to operations (battlefield visualization, course of action analysis, mission rehearsal).
- Measuring the level of realism achieved and assessing the degree of immersion and ways to determine how much realism is required to meet specific training requirements.
- Understanding how immersive technologies can be considered as part of the training development process including training needs analysis.
- Cost-effectiveness and return on investment for immersive technology in support of military training and education.

Genoa, ITA 17-19 Apr 12
Workshop registration and Call for Participation to be available on the RTA website in mid-January 2012 at

ITEC 2012

This conference will have significant NATO involvement including a special session with LGen Karlheinz Viereck, Allied Command Transformation, Joint Force Trainer and several presentations by NATO staff.

London, GBR 22-24 May 12

International Defence and Homeland Security Simulation Conference

DHSS 2012 is a conference focusing on the advances and potential of using M&S within this framework will bring experts together for the purpose of presenting and discussing all types of innovation related to the use of

Modeling & Simulation in Defense and Homeland Security applications. DHSS will focus on new concepts, methods, techniques and tools for advancing in the modeling & simulation sector.

Wien, AUT 19-21 Sep 12

7th Annual NATO CAX Forum

Rome, ITA 24-27 Sep 12
Website being prepared

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