Navy Capt. Tim James delivered his organization’s update brief during TSIS

By Shane Klestinski, Associate Editor

 

Navy Capt. Tim James, commanding officer of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) and Naval Support Activity Orlando, delivered his organization’s update brief during the Training & Simulation Symposium (TSIS) in Orlando, Florida, June 12.

 

James’ brief included information for experienced industry representatives, as well as tips for newcomers to the modeling and simulation industry. He began by “foot-stomping” a summary of his command-level focus areas, which included accelerating warfighter readiness through training solutions, constant improvement, and innovation. James also emphasized the importance of transparent communication, and later in his brief, projected an organization chart of specific NAWCTSD personnel who industry partners should contact for certain issues.

 

“The front office is often not the right place [to call],” James said. “You’ll come to me, sell the next greatest thing, and I’ll need to have another meeting with somebody else. So, I want to get you straight to the right points of contact.”

 

How to Work Together

 

During his update, James noted the significance of small companies in providing innovative solutions for meeting warfighter needs and described them as “incredibly responsive and motivated.” He also explained the importance of military and industry partners working closely after they have agreed to execute a project.

 

“Once that contract is signed, we’re on the same team,” James said. “Our metric for success is our impact on the warfighter.”

 

In that spirit, James explained that he wanted feedback from industry on how his organization could help streamline processes.

 

“Nobody gets a finger pointed back at them for introducing a better way to work with our team,” James said.

 

He went on to outline NAWCTSD’s outreach rhythm and described the purposes certain meetings served (such as PALT sessions, industry capability days and conferences) and which gatherings were best for discussing specific concerns.

 

In closing, James promoted NAWCTSD’s prize challenge involving an OTA to use artificial intelligence (AI) in expediting the government’s contract award process. A Tech Grove event in July will feature a discussion on what the government should request to resolve its “pain points.” He noted the degree of improvement to the process would measure the quality of that conversation.

 

“Can you crunch down one of our pain areas… so we can get a tool for an 80% start on writing a request for proposal (RFP), and a tool for an 80% start on evaluating an RFP?” James said. “AI isn’t taking over NAWCTSD… but we need to start using the technology that’s out there.”

 

Other senior officials from NAWCTSD and Naval Sea Systems Command followed James’ portion of the brief and discussed their specific training areas. To review the PowerPoint presentation of all the Navy briefs, go to: https://www.ntsa.org/-/media/sites/ntsa/events/2024/41t0/0612_1245-1520_usn.pdf?download=1.

 

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