NSTXL Reacts to Groundbreaking Simulation and Gaming Industry Day and Feedback Sprint in Austin
(Arlington, VA – May 15, 2018) The National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL) and the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) today announced the successful conclusion of its industry day and feedback sprint in Austin, Texas. This event was a prelude to the development of a Request for White Papers for a prototype project worth up to $10 million that the Army expects to award this summer.
“Last week’s events provided participating simulation, gaming and AR/VR companies the opportunity to help the government mold a statement of work that will lead to a forthcoming solicitation tied to program dollars,” said Tim Greeff, chief executive officer of NSTXL. “We heard from more than 100 companies. They ranged from large firms such as Dell and Accenture, to small Austin-area start-ups, such as Offworld Industries and iTexico.”
The feedback sprint focused on ways to improve the enterprise management of the U.S. Army’s training programs. Today’s training environment brings together a disparate group of live, virtual, constructive and gaming training environments into a single, common synthetic environment. The Army envisions delivering training content from the cloud to the warfighter at the Point of Need by using the Department of Defense’s Information Network or other operational networks.
Participants were pleased with the results.
“This was the chance to do it right versus doing it fast,” said Anna Griffith, CEO and co-founder of Discovery Machine, Inc of Williamsport, Penn. “[The Army] now [has] the chance to do it right with end-user interface and defined endstates, instead of with too restricted or vague, prescribed requirements.”
“Having been a government engineer and now a contractor, this has been the most significant event I have participated in for requirement generation and evolution,” added Michael Craven, senior systems engineer at Riptide Software of Oviedo, Fla.
To speed up the development of this prototype, the Army intends to use the TReX Other Transactional Authority (OTA). Developed to help the United States win the space race with the Soviet Union, OTA shaves months off typical government procurements and allows important new technologies to get to the warfighter much faster.
About NSTXL – The National Security Technology Accelerator is a non-profit based in Arlington, VA. It is the essential Pentagon partner for rapidly delivering mission-driven systems and emerging technologies to the U.S. military.
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