Innovation through Collaboration in Military Training and Education


ITEC is an annual forum for representatives from the military, industry and academia to connect and share knowledge with the international training, education and simulation sectors.

Presenting a unique overview of the industry’s latest innovations, the event provides visitors with a platform to discuss developments in this evolving market and exchange ideas about future requirements for military training and simulation.

Following a successful 2016 event in London, ITEC will take place at the Ahoy, Rotterdam from 16-18 May.

ITEC’s host this year is a small but highly developed nation with advanced military capabilities that has to achieve economies of scale and comparative advantage through an effective use of its resources. The Netherlands seeks to innovate by encouraging partnership and collaboration between its military establishment, including government laboratories, its industry and the broader research and development community in academia and beyond. This “Triple Helix” of equity stakeholders addresses challenging problems to find cost effective, militarily efficient solutions that meet the training and education needs of the Netherlands military and security forces.

The “Triple Helix” innovation model has an additional mirror apex in the close co-operation of the Netherlands with the institutions of NATO and NATO member states, who share similar challenges in the focus areas of:

  • Readiness for complex operations
  • Mission preparation in a Coalition context

ITEC 2017 in Rotterdam gathers scientists, industry leading exhibitors and training professionals all eager to share and learn about new technologies and best practices for effective national and international collaboration in the development and deployment of training and education solutions that can adapt to the ever changing defence and security context.

The “Innovation through Collaboration” theme will also be addressed in keynote presentations and panel discussions by high-ranking representatives of the Armed Forces, Science and Technology organisations and industry leaders.

Confirmed speakers and sessions include:

M&S Technologies and Architectures:
-Innovation Through Collaboration: How Technology Supports Real Life Training in a Joint and International Mission Set
Col Carsten Jahnel, Commanding Officer, Air Manoeuvre Training Centre, Bundeswehr

-M&S Supporting CD&E of UAxS Operations- the R2-CD2 Project
Captain Fabio Corona, Operational Research Section Chief, NATO Modelling & Simulation Centre of Excellence

-ADL Total Learning Architecture Enabling Next-Generation Learning Ecosystem via Meta-adaptation
Dr Elaine Raybourn, Research Scientist, Sandia National Laboratories

Training and Education- Requirements to Solutions:
-Implementation of the NATO Lessons Learned Process in the Modelling and Simulation Domain
Lt Col Walter David, Chief of Analysis and Lessons Learned Section, NATO M&S Centre of Excellence

-UAS Aircrew Training: Evolving the Process and Leveraging Technology to Meet Future Needs
Col (Ret) Robert Kiebler, Wing Commander, Holloman AFB, US Army

-The NATO Allied Framework for M&S as a Service
Dr Robert Siegfried, Managing Director, aditerna GmbH

Dual Use Training Applications:
– A Strategic Corporal in a Constructive Simulation: Developing Near-To-Real Complexities of MOOTW
Brig Gen M Asadullah Minhaz ul Alam,  Director AWGC, Bangladesh Army

-Advanced Cyber Defence Informatics and Cybernetics
Dr Fred Maymir-ducharme, Executive Consulting Architect, Federal CTO Office, IBM

-Squad Overmatch-Tactical Combat Casualty Care: Optimising Warriors, Achieving Overmatch, Saving Lives
Col Daniel Irizarry, Medical Advisor, US Army

As well as a world class panel of international military and industry experts, ITEC 2016 welcomed over 150 VIPs and Delegations from new and traditional markets including high calibre representatives from 38 countries. Of particular note were the high number of Senior Flag, General and Air Officers and Civil Service officials – over 40 senior officers of 1* rank and above attended the London event.

These military and civil service experts represented the core areas of Training Tactics, Strategy, Operational Policy and Doctrine, Defence Procurement, Training Capability & Requirement, Academia, Military Health, Flying Training, NATO, Education, Skills, Recruiting & Resettlement, Future Training and Training Acquisition, Naval Sea Training, Force Development & Training, Research & Technology, Modelling & Simulation, and Basic and Military Technical Training & Education.

The ITEC will be engaging directly with MOD and Government buyers and decision makers from the host nation, Netherlands, as well as the key growth markets.  We expect an equally high number of high calibre representatives to attend, including senior officers from:

  • Middle East
  • India
  • South America
  • South and Far East Asia
  • Australasia
  • United States and Canada
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Scandinavia

ITEC will also host the F-35 conference and an Advanced Engineering conference.

Alongside the conference, an exhibition will host over 120 companies from the military simulation, training and education sector. For the first time, ITEC 2017 will feature a live training demonstration area. We will create a live training scenario which will highlight various companies’ products and services in an interactive demonstration.

If you are interested in visiting or exhibiting, please contact us on [email protected] or visit the website for further information.