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Are you ready for your Digital Twin?

IT²EC provides a platform for the military and civil security/resilience communities to exchange knowledge on innovation, simulation and education effectiveness, and interoperability.

The research into, and implementation of, these new paradigms will form the core of the event’s discussions, including:

  • The necessary features and best practice of all domains that can, or could be, part of the future world (or worlds) of the Reality-Simulation-Reality (R-S-R) cycle and Digital Twins.
  • Novel ‘XR’ (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality) applications and their fusion with Digital Twin elements.
  • The impact of the Digital Twin environment on, and development of, techniques and innovations in training, human factors, mission rehearsal and decision making.

Background information

In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the defence industry continues to invest in its military capabilities and, in particular, the effectiveness of online, digital and remote training, both individually and collectively. There is greater recognition that such training enables continued development despite challenging environments, and this allows a greater flexibility in capability deployment.

Many armed forces around the world are also putting increased emphasis on joint and integrated operations, frequently with international partners as well as national single services.

The glue that binds individual domains or environments is provided by the joint enablers, and over-arching capabilities including training and education. Many of these capabilities in the realm of digital information are relatively new and untested. The technology is both a key enabler and a potential vulnerability.  

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Agile decision-making

In the military domain, many nations are looking to change their posture and capabilities, with both grand designs and more focused approaches to achieving their goal.  The ubiquity of the technology available affords nearly every nation the ability to experiment with advances in training, simulation and education.  In the civil domain, with its agile decision-making processes, such innovation is very widely seen both as a capabilities amplifier and as a means to optimise limited training resources.

Train, Reflect, Learn and Train Again (TRLTA)

Armed forces around the world have recognised past deficiencies and a lack of agility to address the broadening range of threats and challenges the modern security environment presents.Through targeted collective training of partner nations, the industry is seeking a “surrogate for warfare” in order to cement international partnerships and to better support notice-to-effect in Europe. This requires a flexible training system, responsive to operational demands - training designed around the person and the team, and thereby enabling a cycle of Train, Reflect, Learn and Train Again (TRLTA).

Reality-Simulation-Reality cycle

To meet demanding training system objectives requires the TRLTA cycle to revolve at high speed across defence. What is widely emerging as a TRLTA enabler is the technology-supported Reality-Simulation-Reality (R-S-R) cycle, which near-seamlessly fuses simulation and training with real-life operations and assets.  Compared with most established training systems, a fast-revolving R-S-R cycle requires far greater technology interoperability, far greater fidelity of complexity and far quicker fielding of updates in hours or days, not in years.  It is openly recognised that many of today’s existing tools and techniques in simulation are no longer fit for purpose and do not lend themselves to a rapidly looping R-S-R cycle.

The Digital Twin approach

Embedded inside the R-S-R cycle, the concept of the ‘Digital Twin’ or ‘Digital Thread’ has come to the fore. As a digital replica of a living or non-living physical entity, Digital Twins have the potential to accelerate and de-risk activities such as design, procurement, manufacturing, mission planning and training, and better enable enterprises to take a whole life approach to projects.

The Digital Twin approach is developing rapidly in non-defence sectors such as the automotive industry and there are examples in the military sector such as the F-35 fighter. For the F-35, ‘lessons learned’ from real missions become embedded into a simulation tactical training world integrated into the aircraft.  The Digital Twin broadly includes any elements of AI/Machine Learning, Big Data, Robotics, Human-Computer Interaction, performance assessment, authoring, sensors and instrumentation and learning science/learning engineering. 

The Digital Twin construct can extend to include synthetic representations of human teammates and is also complementary to the growing application of Industry 4.0, the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.

EU DRIVER+ Project

As part of our offering to the Civil First Responder and Crisis Management communities, IT²EC is committed to raising awareness of the opportunities offered by the EU DRIVER+ project.

The project brings together dedicated practitioners from across Europe to help the emergency services to manage critical situations more effectively and efficiently. Using an objective methodology to assess new software, new training approaches and new equipment, DRIVER+ is designed to aid collaboration and interoperability among practitioners and solutions providers.

Watch the video below for more information on the project.



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