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M&S COE Director & Deputy Director Biographies

Captain (N) Vincenzo MILANO, Director
ITA Navy
cvmilanoCAPT (N) Vincenzo MILANO is the current Director of the NATO M&S COE since August 10th 2015. Previously, he contributed from January 2011 to August 9th 2015 to the development of the M&S Centre of Excellence in Rome in the role of Concept Development & Experimentation Branch Chief. After graduating in Maritime and Naval Science 1985 from the Italian Naval Academy, he embarked as Combat System Officer, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer on various Italian ships from 1985 to 2004. He served from 2004 to 2007 as Operational Section Officer at the Italian Naval Center for the Combat System Software Development integration, V&V and Life Cycle Support. From 1998 to 2001 and from 2007 to 2010 he was appointed first as Combat Systems Operational Requirements Officer and then as Combat System Integration and Acceptance team leader, during the Project Definition, the Development and the Production of the Horizon AAW class frigates within a multinational Project Office. Since the 2014, Capt (N) Milano covers the additional role of main Italian Representative in the NATO Modeling & Simulation Group (NMSG) of Science & Technology Organization (S&TO). His area of expertise includes Naval Combat System Test and Trials in real and simulated environment for VV&A purposes; Naval Operational Doctrine; on board military ships manning organization, Naval Operational Centre management, ship manoeuvring and on board safety procedures. since 2005, he is also graduated in Political Science at the Trieste University. CAPT (N) Milano is married with Amalia and has two sons, Simone and Federico. He enjoys traveling and sailing.
Liutenent Colonel Jason M. JONES, Deputy Director
USA Army


Lieutenent Colonel Jason M. JONES was assigned as Deputy Director for the NATO Modelling & Simulation Centre of Excellence in August 2016. Prior to this he was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Pacific, Ft. Shafter, HI, where he served as the command’s Chief of Knowledge Management. In this position he led the team supporting the United States Army’s only four-star service component command developing processes and software tools to enhance shared understanding and improve decision-making. Jason M. Jones was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army’s Ordnance Corps in 1992 upon graduation from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. Company grade assignments included Schofield Barracks, HI, Ft Stewart, GA and Ft Irwin, CA in the field of maintenance and logistics.In 2003, Jason transferred from Ordnance to Functional Area 57, Simulations Operations and attended several schools. In 2007 MAJ Jones was assigned to the National Simulation Center with duty at Ft. Lee’s Logistics Exercises and Simulation Directorate. During this assignment his duties had him involved all aspects of simulations: training, planning, world-wide simulation distribution, testing and experimentation. In 2009 he was assigned to the Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division where he was the lead planner for the division’s mission rehearsal exercise prior to deployment to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom X-XI. During and after the deployment he served in the Knowledge Management Section, supporting the Headquarters, Regional Command-East and its subordinate units. In 2012 LTC Jones was assigned again to Hawaii as the Simulation Officer for the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command. In this position LTC Jones managed all aspects of air and missile defence simulation for joint and multinational wargames and exercises in Hawaii, Korea and throughout the Pacific Theatre. Areas of expertise include: live and constructive training; missile defence and logistics simulation; and knowledge management. LTC Jones has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Transylvania University and a Master’s Degree in Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulations from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He co-authored a thesis examining the use of commercial gaming software for training infantry squads. His military education includes the Ordnance Officers Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Officers Advanced Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and the Simulation Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. He has earned the Parachutist’s and Air Assault Badges and his awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and five awards of the Meritorious Service Medal. He is married to Cynthia A. Jones of Chicago, IL and they have two children: Jessica and Wyatt. He enjoys travel, sailing and spending time with family.


The NATO M&S COE is dedicated to the promotion of M&S in support of operational requirements, training and interoperability. The Centre will act as a catalyst for transformation through the involvement of NATO, governments, academia, industry, operational and training entities, by improving the networking of NATO and nationally owned M&S systems, the cooperation between Nations and organisations through the sharing of M&S information and developments and serving as an international source of expertise for transformation in the related domain.