Congressman J. Randy Forbes, Founder and Co-chairman
Special Edition - July
The Modeling and Simulation industry saw exciting successes on Capitol Hill this week as the House passed legislation impacting the M&S industry , and hundreds of participants attended the largest M&S event in our nationís capital. This special edition of the Modeling and Simulation Caucus Newsletter will wrap up this important week for the M&S industry.
M&S Legislation Passes the House
The House of Representatives on Monday passed unanimously H. Res. 487, legislation declaring modeling and simulation a national critical technology that provides unparalleled advancements in American competitiveness, develops new and innovative ways to protect our homeland and our war fighters, and brings high-tech jobs and economic prosperity to our communities.
The passage of H. Res.
Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the Congressional Modeling & Simulation Caucus, introduced H. Res. 487 last month as bipartisan legislation to formally recognize the contribution of modeling and simulation (M&S) on our nationís economic prosperity and national security. Eight Members of the M&S Caucus, Congresspersons Mike Conaway (TX-11), Jo Ann Davis (VA-01), Tom Davis (VA-11), Thelma Drake (VA-02), Tom Feeney (FL-24), Ric Keller (FL-08), Solomon Ortiz (TX-27), Heather Wilson (NM-01), and Bobby Scott (VA-03) have joined as original cosponsors of this legislation.
Today the scope and influence of M&S reaches well beyond the defense industry. Modeling and simulation has been responsible for the progressive developments in health care, homeland security, construction and transportation. Members of the M&S community come from diverse backgrounds such as psychology, medicine, computer science, mathematics, engineering and physics. Many of the technologies are universally applicable and may be used in multiple fields, including visualization tools, analytical tools, knowledge management and behavioral representations. In addition, M&S provides lower-cost opportunities for joint training and development of operational plans and assessments in dangerous situations, such as warfighting or national disasters. H. Res. 487 was referred to the House Committee on Science and Technology, and on June 22nd, was reported out of Committee by voice vote.
Second Annual Modeling and Simulation Expo a Success
The Second Annual M&S Capitol Hill Exhibition, held on Thursday, July 19, concluded an exciting week for the Modeling and Simulation industry. Hundreds of participants came to the expo to see nearly 30 exhibitors from a myriad of industries showcasing M&S applications and allowing decision-makers in Washington to experience hands-on the ability and potential of M&S. The expo was hosted by the Congressional Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Caucus in conjunction with the event sponsor, the National Training and Simulation Association.
The second annual exhibition included demonstrations from the medical, defense and engineering fields. Participants were able to try their hand at firing a machine gun, evacuating a major city from an impending hurricane, piloting a fighter plane, designing their own sky-scraper, and performing hands-on surgery. The following photos are scenes from the Second Annual M&S Expo.
To view more photos from the expo, click here.
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