Magazine article National Defense

Orlando Simulation Center Offers New Training Tools

Magazine article National Defense

Orlando Simulation Center Offers New Training Tools

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Expanding Central Florida Research Park becomes National Center for Simulation

Orlando is rapidly becoming the military's nucleus for training and simulation. Recently, Florida Governor Lawton Chiles proclaimed that Orlando's Central Florida Research Park will be redesignated the National Center for Simulation.

Already populated with the Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation Command (STRICOM), and the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation (AFAMS), the National Center for Simulation is an ever expanding lot that has just bolstered its clout with a new Reality Center created by Silicon Graphics Inc., a Mountain View, California-based manufacturer of high-performance computers.

"Over the years, Silicon Graphics has grown to become a major, positive force for quality and effectiveness in Florida's simulation and training industry," said Gov. Chiles. "This new facility, a cornerstone in the National Center for Simulation, not only reaffirms Silicon Graphics' commitment to excellence but is also key to military readiness and protecting the national peace."

The facility is intended to enable battlefield visualization/mission rehearsal, cockpit instrumentation, dismounted/individual combatant capabilities, helmet mounted technology, and firearms training using distributed interactive simulation/high-level architecture, networking and multichannel applications, said Silicon Graphics officials.

The firm's two biggest customers are the federal government and industrial manufacturers, said Robert H. Ewald, chief operating officer, at the center opening.

Ewald said the company, which earned more than $3.7 billion in Fiscal Year 1997, is "trying to move from the blackbox world to delivering commercial off-the-shelf-products."

STRICOM officials said they are looking forward to working with the company at its new facility.

James M. Skurka, deputy commander at STRICOM, said, "We are playing a huge role in the digitization of the Army. We're looking forward to seeing what the commercial world has."

STRICOM chose to headquarter in Orlando mostly because it is the location of Walt Disney World, said Col. James B. Godwin Jr., USA, chief of staff. In some of their 3-D attractions, Disney World and Universal Studios use motion platforms, essentially the same platforms used in helicopter and tank simulators. …

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