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Organizations and individuals in the Modeling & Simulation and Training industries are represented through membership in the National Training & Simulation Association (NTSA), a proud affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).

NTSA provides the training, simulation, related support systems, and training services industries a focused, formal organization to represent and promote their business interests in the market place. 

NTSA also fosters relationships between the training industry, planners, and acquisition agencies regarding requirements, procurement issues, and policies.

  • Represent to government the non-partisan business interests of the simulation, training, 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 Department of Defense (DoD), and other agencies.
  • Provide direct contact between acquisition activities and the industry to better communicate with regard to procurement issues and policies.
  • Provide industry-wide bulletins and news reports.
  • Act as a clearing house for business policy, ethics, and practices affecting industry.

"Our Industry has a very important job to do in providing the very best of training equipment and simulation technologies for our forces in the field," said NTSA President James Robb. "We need to ensure that the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines are better trained than ever before."

NTSA Website


Align forces to create unity in action, to rigorously develop superior tactics and advanced solutions that support our airmen and guardians

Marshal collective modeling & simulation capabilities that are compatible and complimentary, and that affordably enable core Department of the Air Force competencies underpinning advanced employment of power in the air, space, and cyber domains.

Advance warfighting readiness by increasing collective, affordable, interoperable modeling & simulation-enabled capabilities vital to air, space, and cyber power.


  • Act as the primary advisor to Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF), Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF), and Chief of Space Operations (CSO) for Modeling & Simulation (M&S) policies, practices, and processes.
  • Act as the single authority for M&S standards, interfaces, and investment strategy.
  • Serve as the Air Force and Space Force focal point for coordination of M&S equities with Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint, and multinational partners.
  • Routinely engage the DAF M&S Executive Steering Group, the DAF M&S Council, AF Futures and other headquarters elements, as appropriate.
  • Lead strategic M&S initiatives that impact Air Force and Space Force stakeholders across the enterprise.
  • Promotes a cohesive M&S enterprise, enabling a stronger foundation for the DAF digital transformation.

CMSO Website


Air Education and Training Command, with headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, was established and activated in January 1942, making it the oldest major command in the Air Force. AETC’s training mission makes it the first command to touch the lives of nearly every Air Force member. AETC was formed in 1942 as the Army Air Corps Flying Training Command with headquarters in Washington, D.C. Less than a year later, the headquarters moved to Fort Worth, Texas. During World War II the command provided technical and flying training at more than 600 installations, factories and institutions of higher learning. The headquarters moved to Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, in 1946, to Scott AFB, Illinois, in 1949, and finally to Randolph AFB in 1957. In July 1993, Air Training Command and Air University merged to form AETC. This redesignation allowed the command to retain all of its previous heritage and honors. The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure plan renamed Randolph Air Force Base, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Over the years, more than 25 million students have graduated from AETC training and education programs.

Find, recruit, train and educate the Airmen the nation needs.

We take America’s sons and daughters – young men and women who have volunteered to serve their country in a time of war – and develop them into Airmen. Develop denotes more than educating or training them – it implies bringing them to embrace our culture, teaching them (by our example) our core values of integrity, service before self and excellence in all we do. 

Develop Airmen with the competencies to win the high-end competition. 


  • Modernize and integrate total force recruiting and accessions 
  • Pivot AETC focus to technical training transformation; continue to refine flying training 
  • Incorporate digital-age technology across the command 
  • Implement data strategy and standards that integrate DAF learning and talent management to align with DOD systems 
  • Modernize infrastructure- dorms to classrooms- to create digital-age campuses of the future 
  • Rapidly codify Airmen competencies for great power competition

AETC Website


Check out what happened at the 2023 DAF M&S Summit.

2023 Event Website