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Virtual Twins Help Defense & Space Agencies ‘Go Digital’

Virtual Twins Help Defense & Space Agencies 'Go Digital' - top government contractors - best government contracting event

The digital twins market is expected to boom in the coming years, according to recent reports. Guidehouse’s market intelligence arm predicts that digital twin technology used in smart cities will reach annual municipal revenue of $2.5 billion by 2031. 

Today, as digital twin technology continues to expand its footprint across multiple sectors, federal defense and space agencies, along with their industry partners, are increasingly adopting digital twins for use in space applications.

Join the Digital Twins Forum hosted by ExecutiveBiz Events on April 14 to hear from leading experts across government and industry on how digital twin technology is shaping the future for a myriad of industries.

Vice Admiral Jon Hill, director of the Missile Defense Agency, said his agency is currently using model-based systems engineering and digital twin technology as part of an overarching digital transformation strategy.

The agency’s Next Generation Interceptor program, part of its Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, has “gone digital,” said Vice Adm. Jon Hill during the 2022 McAleese Defense Programs Conference

Digital twins are now being used within NGI to perform root cause analysis, systems requirements reviews, preliminary design reviews and other critical functions “digitally and dispersed.”

Vice Adm. Hill said this technology helps the agency “know the full pedigree” of their rounds, systems and weapons over time as they’re being built out. 

The U.S. Space Force is using digital twin technology for similar purposes, in efforts to accelerate the procurement process and better secure the space domain in the current era of rapid growth.

Digital engineering and modeling tools help Dr. Lisa Costa, chief technology and innovation officer for the Space Force, get ahead of the curve in the testing and evaluation phases of new systems and assets.

“I can do operational tests and evaluation, and I can actually start to develop tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) around that asset before I even send out a request for proposal to industry,” Costa, a 2022 Wash100 Award winner, said in her keynote address at a Jan. 13 GovCon Wire forum.

To hear more about the potential applications of digital twin technology in defense and space, join ExecutiveBiz Events’ Digital Twins Forum on April 14. Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, the Air Force’s program executive officer for weapons, will headline the event to share his insights into how digital twins are being used across the Air Force and what they mean for the future of digital engineering in weapons systems.

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Written by Summer Myatt

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