President Robb's Message to NTSA and I/ITSEC Constituents
James Robb, USN (Ret.)
President RADM James Robb, USN (Ret) Reflects on I/ITSEC 2019
Based on his own initial observations as well as discussions with myriad attendees, RADM James Robb, USN (Ret.), President of the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), characterizes I/ITSEC 2019 as "really strong."
"Everything has been good," he told the Show Daily. "For example, the Congressional event on Monday morning was powerful. We had over 400 people there – a crowd that overflowed into adjacent rooms. And the discussion that went along with it was really terrific."
He added that Monday's tutorials were also well attended, with some of the rooms reaching overflow.
"The opening ceremonies and keynote presentations the next day were also wonderfully attended," he continued. "And the Senior Leader Panel was really exceptional, both in the quality of individuals participating and in the dialogue that took place. The panelists gave great insights, from OSD to the NATO folks. I probably had 50 questions from the audience. There was no way we could get through them all, but I believe that many of the questioners were able to find the answers they were seeking."
In his discussions with attendees, Robb said he has found agreement on the value of the events, with some planners now considering larger rooms in the future.
"We had another great event on Wednesday afternoon," he offered. "I had the pleasure of moderating a Navy flag panel that included a fleet commander, the head of training for Naval Aviation, the head of the Navy Reserves, and a representative from Naval Sea Systems Command. They fielded and answered some really good questions. It was respectful and they were on point."
Shifting to Wednesday's focus event on patient safety, as well as related healthcare exhibits and discussions, Robb said that the "growing interest in that theme" would translate to their continuation next year.
"The show floor is really terrific," he enthused. "The quality of the booths has improved dramatically. I think it's been very satisfying to most attendees and has created the opportunity for a lot of good networking."