MASA Group’s attendance at this year’s International, Inter-service Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Florida, from 30 November – 3 December 2015, is noticeable by a series of contract successes over the past 12 months and the release of the latest version of its world-beating SWORD wargame with automated forces.
Paris, France: First deployed in 2006, MASA’s SWORD is now in service in 16 countries across the globe either directly by the armed forces or through defense industry partners and government emergency response bodies. Along with MASA SYNERGY, a high-level decision system dedicated to emergency preparedness and crisis management training and planning, and LIFE, an Artificial Intelligence-based middleware designed to enable the creation of autonomous behaviors for simulations, MASA’s flagship products will be demonstrated at booth #2224 during the I/ITSEC show.
On Novembre 26th occured the 4th Innovation Forum from the French procurement agency (DGA) at the Ecole Polytechnique.
Laurent Collet-Billion, Head of the DGA, following a demonstration of TACTIC
MASA was invited to attend, in order to present its research program TACTIC, a project that simplifies C2 (Command and Control) tactical systems by making them more accessible and by allowing for multimodal ergonomics, an easy-to-read interface, interoperability with C2 systems, and standardized exchanges.
SWORD presented on a computer as well as on tablets, thanks to TACTIC
This year again, MASA will take part in I/ITSEC in Orlando, Florida in booth #2224.
Here are the events you don’t want to miss there:
State-of-the-art products SWORD, LIFE and SYNERGY
CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL & COCKTAIL
on Wednesday, December 2nd at 3:00pm
The French Army testimonial “SWORD global deployment
at French Command staff Training Centers” by Commandant Cadot, Program Officer of SOULT Simulation for Combined Forces and Land Logistics Operations
Followed by a cocktail
on Thursday, December 3rd at 9:30am
« Innovative division/brigade level Commanding Officer
training solution for Influence Operations » by Lionel Khimeche, R&T Program Manager at the French procurement agency (DGA) & Romain Bosa, SWORD Product Manager
Ten minute back or hand massage
Bring your business card and book your slot!
The principal French authority responsible for civil defense has used MASA’s market-leading crisis management simulation software to conduct a critical training exercise in order to enhance the capital city’s potential response to persistent and violent flooding.
Paris, France: An estimated 500 representatives from 15 French companies took part in a two-day training exercise based on the occurrence of two weeks’ of major flooding in the streets of Paris. Organized by the French High Committee for Civil Defense (HCFDC), the hypothetical event was recreated using SWORD, MASA’s automated simulation solution for emergency preparedness and planning.
Staged on 29-30 September, the exercise was based on the catastrophic 1910 Great Flood of Paris, during which the Seine rose eight meters above its usual seasonal level. It precisely simulated the flow of water and the impact of rising flood levels on the city’s infrastructure, while testing the participants’ reactions and response. The group included representatives from leading energy and water providers, television networks, telecommunication companies and public transport operatives. They were joined by envoys of Paris City Hall and the “Secrétariat Général de la Zone de Défense et de Sécurité de Paris” (General Secretariat for the Defense and Security of Paris), which is responsible for the city’s crisis management.
MASA Group’s long-term military customer, the French Army has acquired a global license for the company’s SWORD constructive training system. Initially selecting SWORD in 2002, this recent agreement follows many years of collaboration between MASA, the French procurement agency (DGA) and the French Land Forces. SWORD provides training for SOULT (the simulation program for Combined Forces and Ground Logistics Units’ Operations), for the operational training of Combined Forces at divisional, brigade, and battle group command post levels. Download the related PDF
The 10th NATO Computer Assisted Exercise Forum (NATO CAX Forum 2015) will be organized by the NATO Modelling and Simulation Centre of Excellence in Vicenza (Italy) from September 29th to October 2nd. The CAX Forum is theld yearly and focus on technical items and operating procedures related to simulation- based exercises and training support, in order to promote the exchange of information and best practices among the Staffs of NATO and national simulation/training centres.
During this year’s edition, MASA will be giving a presentation on how MASA SWORD can be used as a training and evaluation tool, using for instance its After Action Review features. You can find the presentation given here.
Training & Simulation Forum published an in-depth interview from Juan-Pablo Torres, MASA Group’s CEO & President.
« One of the great pleasures of working in the training and simulation community is the opportunity to meet and talk with innovative, motivated and successful people – and the companies they work in or manage. Having met Juan-Pablo Torres several times over the last five years, we recently had an in-depth interview with him, trying to determine what makes MASA Group different and successful. »
Beginning of July, the Brazilian Army hosted a military simulation and training press trip to several Army training and evaluation centers throughout the country, visiting military facilities in Manaus, Rio de Janeiro, and Santa Maria do Sul, where the Brazilian Army has deployed COMBATER, a customized version of SWORD (MASA’s constructive training system).
At the CAA-Sul (Training and Evaluation Centre), in Santa Maria
Four journalists from the UK (representing Jane’s, Shephard Media, Moench Publishing, PMI and Military Training & Simulation News) gave MASA their conclusions and insights about the trip, having had the opportunity of observing a major divisional exercise using COMBATER (SWORD customized version according to the Brazilian Army doctrine and equipment capabilities) in Santa Maria, and discussed future procurement plans for the system.