National Training and Simulation Association.

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Companies in the simulation, training, mission planning/rehearsal and support services industry are represented through membership in the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), an affiliate of NDIA since 1992.

NTSA provides the training, simulation, mission planning, related support systems and training services industries a recognized, focused, formal organization to represent and promote their business interests in the marketplace. The association provides a forum to communicate the full capability and broad characteristics of all of the elements of training systems and mission planning to include associated support services.

Founded in 1988, the association fosters communication between the training industry, planners and acquisition agencies regarding requirements, procurement issues and policies. An important aim of NTSA is to see that all aspects of training, mission planning and rehearsal, training services and training range requirements are highlighted as independent and important "line items" in the overall planning, programming, budgeting and acquisition process.

The International Training and Simulation Alliance (ITSA) was established to strengthen NTSA's international access and to better promote training and simulation to the international community.

The alliance is currently comprised of ETSA, the European Training & Simulation Association; KTSA in Korea; and Simulation Australia. Expansion, especially in Asia, is expected in future years. Visit the ITSA home page at www. itsalliance.org and the ETSA home page at www.etsa.eu.

The Modeling & Simulation Professional Certification Commission (m&SPCC, led by NTSA and composed of members from industry, academia and government, oversees the Certified Modeling & Simulation Professional (CMSP) certification program. Visit www.simprofessional.org to learn more about certification.

ASSOCIATION OBJECTIVES

* Represent to government the nonpartisan business interests of the simulation, training, mission planning and rehearsal and support services industries.

* Increase the value of training systems and services provided by industry to government.

* Inform and educate the legislative, policymaking, acquisition and regulatory functions of government, including Congress, the Defense Department and other agencies.

* Provide contact between acquisition activities and the industry to better communicate with regard to procurement issues and policies.

* Promote the highest level of...

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