Current Organizational Members

Supporting Organizational Members

CAE is a global leader in the provision of simulation and control technologies and training solutions for aerospace, defense and marine markets. CAE employs more than 6,000 people around the world and generates revenues in excess of C$1 billion. CAE offers HLA compliant simulation development, control, and visualization tools under the STRIVE(tm) product line; a simulation-based eLearning/ADL (seLearning) development and deployment environment under the Simfinity(tm) product line; plus modeling & simulation training, support and professional services.

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Thales is a global high technology leader investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – connectivity, big data and artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and quantum technology – to build a future we can all trust, which is vital to the development of our societies. The company provides solutions, services and products that help its customers – businesses, organizations and states – in the defense, aeronautics, space, transportation and digital identity, and security markets to fulfil their critical missions, by placing humans at the heart of the decision-making process.

With 83,000 employees in 68 countries, Thales generated sales of €19 billion in 2019 (on a basis including Gemalto over 12 months).

Thales recognizes the importance of M&S in support of the systems engineering lifecycle, from concept development and experimentation through testing and evaluation. Combining immersive digital simulation systems, artificial intelligence, live training, data capture and modeling, Thales accompany pilots and military operators to keep people safe and ensure mission readiness. SISO is considered an important forum within which to share advanced methods and technologies and to draw upon complementary standards to meet the specific requirements of our customers.

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Strategic Organizational Members 


Modeling and Simulation Coordination Office (M&S CO), formerly Defense Modeling and Simulation Office (DMSO)
The Department of Defense (DoD) Modeling and Simulation Coordination Office (M&SCO) is the focal point for coordinating all matters regarding modeling and simulation across the DoD for the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) (USD(AT&L)). Modeling and simulation (M&S) is an enabler of warfighting capabilities. It helps to save lives, to save taxpayer dollars, and to improve operational readiness. M&SCO assists the DoD to use M&S in a cost-effective manner through tools, policies, standards, guidance, and collaborative forums.

The use of simulations and simulators to provide training procedures improves individual and collective capabilities. Military forces train with a wide range of simulated weapons, ships, aircraft, and other vehicles in conjunction with live training on actual equipment. Within the military--and in other professions--, M&S helps provide a safer and lower resource-intensive rehearsal capability for a wide variety of training.

Training is one of the most employed of the M&S applications, but there are many other ways that M&S enables Department's functions. In particular, M&S is used to analyze and inform the Department decisions in acquiring new capabilities, adopting new tactics, processing intelligence, and testing systems before they are put into the hands of our fighting forces.

Established in 2006, with a heritage back to 1991, M&SCO fosters M&S interoperability and reuse to improve value and mission effectiveness for the Department's M&S Enterprise. The Department's M&S Enterprise consists of the military services (the Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force); the Joint Staff; and seven communities (Acquisition, Analysis, Intelligence, Experimentation, Planning, Test/Evaluation, and Training). All parts of the whole help ensure DoD's readiness to provide for national security. The M&S Enterprise also includes other US Government agencies and international military partners. As a pivotal organization, M&SCO recommends policies, plans, and programs to the USD(AT&L) that supports the M&S Strategic Vision and DoD priorities. M&SCO can be viewed as having three distinct arenas: Operations, Governance and Technology.

Operations: M&SCO manages the sustainment and operation of enterprise level M&S capabilities - tools, data, and services - in support of USD(AT&L). M&SCO also serves as the Department's lead for M&S standards and is the point of contact for International M&S activities. 

Governance: M&SCO develops strategic policy, guidance, standards, and practices, with the advice and assistance of the M&S Steering Committee (M&S SC). M&SCO also provides the Secretariat (administrative) functions for the M&S SC. As a result, the policies and standards help educate the Department's workforce, promote interoperability and reuse, and enable the DoD M&S Enterprise. 

Technology: M&SCO provides technical expertise to the USD(AT&L) and provides technical coordination to M&S Enterprise and the M&S SC on DoD M&S architectures, software, computing, data, and other related enabling technologies.

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