Letter from the President
From the Desk of – Thomas L. Baptiste, Lt. Gen, USAF (Ret)
Dear NCS Members and Prospective Members:
The Orlando-based National Center for Simulation (NCS) has been very much focused on efforts to promote and provide modeling and simulation technology transfer, education, and business development support to the government, industry, and academic communities. NCS serves as an important link between the military, other government at all levels, industry, and academia engaged in research, development, and applications of simulation technology. And, NCS also serves as a bridge between the "traditional" defense simulation organizations and other simulation-related communities of interest, such as the digital media and medical simulation and training communities.
NCS today enjoys a rather unique position because it has three identities or "personalities." First, NCS is a membership organization with national and international reach. Second, NCS is, or more precisely, represents a geographic place (Central Florida) that is a Center of Excellence for Modeling and Simulation. And third, NCS is a facilitator and promoter for the great teamwork that has grown up among the Orlando simulation community organizations.
NCS began life in the early 1990's as the Training & Simulation Technology Consortium (TSTC); incorporated in 1994 as a White House Technology Reinvestment Program initiative to help transfer military technology into the private sector and create, preserve, and enhance jobs in industry. The federal government supported development of this consortium to help maintain the training and simulation industry for military and government projects, while encouraging defense contractors to pursue commercial, educational, state and local government, and industrial market opportunities. Major goals were to help lower the cost to government of simulation and training and to leverage the investment of taxpayers in this technology. In 1997, the TSTC grew into a new role as the National Center for Simulation--a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation; carrying over its membership, establishing a new Board of Directors, and relocating its offices to the University of Central Florida's Institute for Simulation and Training (UCF/IST).
Today, NCS membership numbers more than 200 firms, associations, academic institutions, and individuals nationwide--forming a network of simulation experience and expertise. Defense activities, federal, state, and local government and economic/workforce development organizations serve as affiliate members and the addition of a number of overseas members has extended NCS' horizons as an International Center for Simulation.
NCS has a fundamental objective of extending simulation and related technologies into new applications--principally by growing the membership, leveraging the investments that have been made in defense-related programs, and bringing new and emerging commercial technologies employed in the digital media sector into training and education and other applications.
If you are an individual who has some interest in simulation and related technologies and, especially if you are looking to grow and strengthen your organization, then your company should join NCS. We are an important information resource for companies, especially for those who might not be located in Orlando. Membership dues are affordable, ranging from $300 to $3,000 a year per company, based on the number of employees. I encourage you to find out more by exploring our website and contacting us directly for more information. We would be happy to assist you.
Thomas L. Baptiste, Lt Gen, USAF (Ret)