2021 NTSA Modeling and Simulation Awards

The National Training and Simulation Association is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 NTSA Modeling & Simulation Awards.  The NTSA M&S Awards Dinner was held on November 30, 2021 to recognize the winners and their achievements.  


NTSA 2021 Lifetime Achievement in Modeling & Simulation in Government
Richard Grohs
ACC/A5T Test and Training Division


Richard Grohs, Air Force Veteran, Deputy Division Chief, and 25-year I/ITSEC Subcommittee Member has spent five decades influencing DoD-wide synthetic training to enable combat readiness. From his early years as a simulator technician, to building the CAF Distributed Mission Operations Network, and leading efforts to 5th Gen Live-Virtual-Constructive training, Rich is the expert in Air Force Operational Training Infrastructure, his words and actions have contributed significantly to the advancements in training to meet warfighter’s needs.


NTSA 2021 Lifetime Achievement in Modeling & Simulation in Industry
Andre Elias
Lockheed Martin


Andre Elias shepherded the future of simulation to improve military training throughout his 40-year career in the modeling and simulation industry. His contributions increased concurrency between platforms and simulators to create the most effective training programs – bringing about a revolution in how military personnel train for the fight. His life’s work increased the mission readiness of countless service personnel worldwide.


 Education and Human Performance
CK Team
Conflict Kinetics Corporation


Conflict Kinetics (CK) is a patented human performance company specializing in small arms simulation and the elevation of the Human Weapon System backed by data for the life of the trainee. CK is rooted in decades of HPO and data, delivering extensive readiness and talent management data processes. USMC’s MCOTEA assessment of CK’s ASALT found that CK’s training methods produces trainees capable of handling increased cognitive load and emotional modulation thus delivering trainees 116% more lethal than advanced live-fire training. 


Training and Simulation
Detachment 24, Pilot Training Next
19th Air Force


Detachment 24 serves as the heart of innovation and is the driving force behind multiple U.S. Air Force innovation efforts.  It has delivered a lasting and widespread impact in the aviation industry and will continue to do so into the next generation of flight training.


Training Systems Acquisition
Study and Analysis Squadron’s Training Requirements Analysis Team
Air Education and Training Command Studies and Analysis Squadron, United States Air Force


The Training Requirements Analysis Team, Air Education and Training Command Studies and Analysis Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, is the Air Force’s sole training systems requirements analysis team advancing Air Force weapon systems acquisitions valued at over 189 billion dollars. During this period, the team implemented innovative approaches to determine training requirements/services and acquisitions of training modalities required to train Generation Z/Alpha maintainers on six weapon systems critical for the future operational environment.  


For the I/ITSEC Show Daily article about the M&S Award winners, click here.

For more NTSA M&S Awards information, please contact Carol Dwyer at cdwyer@NTSA.org

2021 NTSA Modeling and Simulation Awards