Courtesy of the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation

Screen Shot 2014-02-17 at 8.15.35 PMThe Air Force Association’s (AFA) Annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition will take place February 19-21, 2014, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Invited speakers to the Symposium are the Secretary of the Air Force, the Honorable Deborah Lee James; Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Mark A. Welsh III; Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody; and other top Air Force leaders.

As we continue to develop our Live, Virtual and Constructive capabilities to enhance readiness, improve training, and facilitate effective and efficient education of our collective forces, we must leverage the best and brightest, not only within our services and government agencies, but also within industry, academia, and our coalition partners. This conference is one of the few opportunities to bring these disparate communities together for a few days to focus on these critical issues. During the Symposium, exhibits highlighting aerospace technology and education, sponsored by leading aerospace companies, will be on display.

Col Franz Plescha, Commander Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation, with regard to the AFA Air Warfare Symposium said, “Our future is readiness and more specifically readiness thru LVC. With the migration from traditional training methods, we realize that this is not a zero-sum game that exchanges live flying for simulator time, but the creation of a continuously available LVC operational training environment linking military capability interactions around the world.”

He added, ”This Symposium offers us an opportunity to engage industry and Air Force leadership to gain insight into emerging technologies and how our Air Force will operate in the future, thereby positioning us to be proactive to changes and continue the momentum of the AF LVC Enterprise.”

“We need weapons systems and training systems that are concurrent — and we need industry help to ensure the development of concurrent, interoperable, and affordable systems,” Plescha said. “We have heard, again and again, that the fiscal future is bleak, but as a Service, we must partner with our sister Services and industry as we collectively strive to perfect a collaborative process that gets industry, academia, defense, and our nation on the flight path to READINESS through LVC!”

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