Special Events

Each year I/ITSEC hosts a series of special events that reflect topical areas in the world of Modeling, Simulation and Training. From looking into the future of medical simulation to seeing what Hollywood's most cutting edge effects wizards can bring to the industry, I/ITSEC's Special Events are always innovative and informative.

The I/ITSEC Special Events are divided into four general categories:

  • Signature Events: Must-see "Flag Level" type events such as the Congressional Panel, General/Flag Officers Panel
  • Focus Events: High interest panels and speakers
  • Community of Interest: Smaller audience, tightly focused
  • Program Briefs: Briefs from the Services for ongoing programs 

2021 Special Events

Cyber Pavilion

Cyber Sponsorships (PDF)

NTSA Cyber Pavilion is the inaugural event at I/ITSEC where Cyber, Electromagnetic, and Information Warfare leaders collaborate to:

  • Educate the community on current programs/projects (e.g. Persistent Cyber Training Environment, Electronic Warfare Planning Management Tool (EWPMT), and others)
  • Communicate opportunities – (e.g. Electronic Warfare and Cyber at the Tactical Level, integration of capabilities into staffs, EW/Cyber/SIGINT Integration, Understanding Mis/Dis Information Campaigns, etc.)
  • Provide current operational unit requirements (US Army Cyber Command, Cyber Center of Excellence, 16th AF IW Command, Navy and Marines)
  • Capture the Flag Event – demonstration of skills

As the capabilities in these different fields continues to grow in each service, this pavilion will be a platform to help communicate and cooperate on finding solutions to this every changing environment for the not only the U.S. Government and Department of Defense, but other countries and commercial organizations. Senior leaders from many organizations will speak at the pavilion, get a better understanding of current capabilities, and assist in communicating the needs of their organizations and services – all part of the pavilion objectives.

Next Big Thing 2021

I/ITSEC, in coordination with NTSA, has a new forum to help organizations (government, industry, and academia) position to realize high value from rapidly evolving technology. “The Next Big Thing” looks at both a near term and a long term (3 – 5 year) horizon. For this year, the near term horizon is Extended Realities and how we accelerate its adoption. To collaborate on this, there is a special event with impactful and recognize speakers presenting in a “TED” talk format discussing novel perspectives on XR. To explore the long term horizon, we have a special event consisting of future thought leaders with interesting, unbounded perspectives on what the future will present for our community to factor in strategic positioning. We call this event “Innovation Megatrends.”

XR Special Event

Accelerating XR “TED” Talks.


  • Timoni West, VP, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Unity
  • Marc Petit, VP/GM, Epic/Unreal Engine
  • Dan Robinson, CEO, Red 6
  • Dr. Will Roper, Former Air Force and Space Force Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Chief; Advisory Board Member, Red 6

Following the XR Special Event will be a social networking event with hors d'oeuvres and beverages to network with speakers and others interested in XR.

Innovation Megatrends Special Event

Exploring long term horizon, a special event consisting of future thought leaders with interesting, unbounded perspectives on what the future will present for our community to factor in strategic positioning.


  • Charles Onstott, CTO, CALIBRE
  • Sanjay Sardar, SVP, Digital Technologies, SAIC
  • Dr. Alethea Duhon, SES, Associate Director for Analysis, Department of Homeland Security (CISA/NMRC)

All events will be held at the OCCC, in an exciting modern setting the tone for the future. Room location, date, and timing of the Next Big Thing events held during I/ITSEC 2021 will be posted soon. Sponsorships are available for this new initiative, please contact Shannon Burch at sburch@NTSA.org to support!