Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR July.August2010 Contents quality of our people. Simulation has a role in both of these”.
Echoing Dr Brennan’s comments to APDR earlier, MAJGEN Day
said he believed that Defence was not on the verge of a ‘simulation
revolution’ but that growth in both simulation and modelling will be
evolutionary. “One of the most important aspects of this evolution
must be the use of common data across platforms and tactical training
simulators” he noted.
Citing Defence’s focus on current operations in the Middle East,
MAJGEN Day said “There is not enough capacity to energise and
implement rapid transformation in simulation and modelling within
Defence today, but there are significant opportunities”.
MAJGEN Day was largely referring to what he calls ‘the big potato’ or
JP3028 with regard to industry opportunities, noting that it is still in the
project definition or ‘discovery’ phase (referred to by some as a spiral
development). He asks if Simulation has entered a similar phase that
Defence IT industry found itself in during the mid 1990s, with a lack
of central management during the information technology explosion,
and points to JP3028 as the roadmap to the future.
One major deliverable of JP3028 will be to ensure that future
simulators and simulations become increasingly more interoperable,
particularly with the United States. This process is well underway with
significant interaction during the recent ‘Pitch Black’ and ‘Talisman
Sabre’ series of exercises, but there is a long way to go before the major
capabilities of both Australia and the US are at a ‘plug and play’ level.
Other deliverables for simulation within the JP3028 framework
include the requirement to support strategic decision making, to
maximise the amount of training that is carried out outside the
platform itself, to facilitate concept development, capability testing
and the management of personnel and facilities, and maximise
preparedness whilst decreasing the cost.
MAJGEN Day’s final discussion point was to invite industry to
‘look beyond the technology’ when developing simulation. Citing
a personal example of how he was beguiled by the technology on
offer during a critical build up of preparedness for overseas duty. He
warned that it could actually seduce decision makers away from the
mission at hand.
In conclusion MAJGEN Day drew delegate’s attention to a
‘Simulation Precinct’ in the United States. Known as ‘Team Orlando’
it is a Defence/Industry coalition in Florida that includes US Army
Simulation acquisition personnel as well as equivalent members of
the US Air Force and Navy. Industry members include representatives
from the entertainment industry and the University of Forida as well
as a ‘significant presence’ from the larger simulation companies.
Capabilities include Research & Development, Programme
Management, Effective Life-Cycle Management and Support.
Pondering the simulation ownership model as JP3028 gets into
its stride, MAJGEN Day said, “We need to spend intellectual energy
on getting the simulation concept right” and invited delegates to
look at the ‘Team Orlando’ concept: “Should we? Can we, industry,
universities, State Governments and Defence, should we develop such
Despite the industry frustration at what it sees to be a lack of
progress on many Defence projects, JP3028 will be a major influence in
future developments. With other ongoing programmes such as JP2048
and the JDSC there is nevertheless plenty for it to look forward to.
In the meantime, a decision on IBFT is imminent and both AIR 5428
and AIR 9000 Phase 7 should have progressed significantly by the time
the next conference is upon us. APDR
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