- Written by Mirco Vagnozzi
- Published: 25 April 2016
The NATO CAX Forum 2016 was held at the Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (IABG) home site in OTTOBRUNN, Germany from Sep 20th to 23rd, organized by the NATO Modelling and Simulation Centre of Excellence (NATO M&S CoE) in cooperation with IABG networked business group and the German Armed Forces. The eleventh Forum edition was again focused on technical issues and operating procedures related to simulation-based exercises and training support. This edition welcomed around 245 CAX Personnel and M&S experts from 35 countries – NATO Members and Partners such as the Partnership for Peace Programme, the Mediterranean Dialogue, and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, as well as from Contact Countries and other Nations. The participants had the opportunity to discuss the future of the NATO CAX activities, with the valuable contribution of the University experts and numerous technology demonstrations staged in the IABG conference environment from 17 different industrial groups and governmental agencies.
The Forum's primary goal is to promote the exchange of information and "best practices" among the staffs of NATO and national simulation/exercise centres. This event represents an important opportunity for updating on the latest guidelines on the topic of simulation in training support. An extensive program of sessions and tutorials, combined with demonstrations on the use of simulation systems, have even more increased its significance.
Among the specific topics addressed in the current edition, particular interest was attracted in the workshops dedicated to the cooperation between the NATO and national simulation centres, on M&S as a network Service and on the creation of a M&S lessons learned harvesting capacity, as well as sessions on NATO Armed Forces collective training requirements.
Special tracks also focused on National Simulation Centres best practices and NATO training entities such as the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) and the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) activities and challenges.