Dates: Oct 31-Nov 1, 2017 | Venue: AUSA Conference Center – Arlington, VA

The 2017 Military Virtual Training & Simulation Summit allows US Military, government agencies, educational leaders, and solution-providers to come together in a town-hall forum to discuss the current and future direction of virtual training & simulation. This program will incite discussion surrounding virtual reality and simulation as a superior military training tool due to its cost-effectiveness and pragmatic nature.


2017 Confirmed Speakers:


Maj Gen Scott Smith, USAF, Director of Training and Readiness, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, HQAF



Dr. Kevin Geiss, SES, Director, Airman Systems Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Lab



Col William Yates, USMC Program Manager, PM Trasys, Marine Corps Systems Command



COL Joseph Nolan, USA, Deputy Director US Army Modeling and Simulation Office



Col Philip Carpenter, USAF, Chief, Simulators Division, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center


 2017 Moderator:

(Ret) Lt Gen Thomas Baptiste, USAF, President, National Center for Simulation


Why You Should Attend This Summit
This educational summit brings together the government, military, academic, and scientific community to discuss the latest developments in virtual training and simulation as an effective tool to advance warfighter readiness.

In order to have a winning military force, warfighters must be effectively prepared and trained to ensure maximum readiness. As the military continues to face increasingly complex challenges, it will demand a wider range of skill sets, capable of being taught by use of virtual environments. In addition, while real-life training exercises are costly, virtual training and simulation provides an alternate means of preparing warfighters in both an inexpensive and safe way. Due to these significant advantages, the current and future of military training has been prioritizing the practice of mixed reality and simulators as valuable tools.

This summit will feature senior level discussions surrounding updates and new developments on technologies and innovative learning approaches for training tomorrow’s warfighter. Leaders will discuss the substantial benefits of live, virtual, constructive training systems in a budget constrained environment, and how such solutions better prepare our force. This program will highlight virtual training and simulation as the forefront strategy of military training in its advanced and real-life attributes absent of the harmful dangers of an actual battlefield.

Operating Guidance for Government Attendees
DSI’s Summit directly supports DoD, IC, DHS, and Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their department’s mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time. DSI’s Summit will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission. The Summit is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal employees and is considered an educational and training forum. (Industry and academia members are charged a fee for admission)Summit is CLOSED TO PRESS / NO RECORDINGS

-Providing simulation, training, and instrumentation capabilities to support decisive action operations

-Leading coordination of Army M&S enterprise and cross-community areas including, joint, intergovernmental, interagency, and multinational environments

-Understanding and considering the limitations of human factors in creating effective simulator training systems

 -Increasing weapons system complexity and changing threat environment requiring M&S and LVC solutions to evolve in times of budget constraint



-Providing both physical and simulated environments designed to place test articles in a realistic yet simulated combat environment


-Developing and integrating virtual, constructive and gaming replications of the operational environment


-Accomplishing training through virtual and simulated training systems that support motor transport tactical vehicles, convoy operations scenarios, organic weapons marksmanships and tactics, and combat supporting arms for active and reserve members


-Assisting the DoD to use M&S in a cost-effective manner through tools, policies, standards, guidance, and collaborative forums


-Enabling the Army’s future training through the usage of Synthetic Training Environment


-Incorporating live-virtual-constructive architecture with aviation simulators, armor, infantry and Stryker simulations

At Our Summit You Will Have the Ability to:

Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the complex challenges facing training commands.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance.

Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments or ideas.


Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

The Military Virtual Training & Simulation Summit provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.pic

Download the Sponsorship and Exhibiting Prospectus Here.


Advisory Board

DSI strives to provide the most up to date, mission relevant, topics and discussion points for our meetings.  In order to assure that we are providing the best subject content possible, our Advisory Board Members have volunteered to share their respective insight and expertise with us. We are truly grateful to have their support and guidance as we strive to continually create truly effective meetings and events for all.  Learn more about our Advisory Board Members.