Fretting cutbacks, simulation industry touts cost-effectiveness
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Central Florida's training-simulation industry is lobbying leaders in Washington to spare them from closures and spending cutbacks over the next decade.
There are over a hundred companies in east Orlando that produce military simulations and employ thousands of people locally. The people behind the simulations in Orlando say the training can save the Pentagon lots of money, because the technology is designed or built once, but can be used multiple times.
Thomas Baptiste, with the National Center for Simulation, is on a mission to persuade Congress not to cut funding for the area's simulation training cluster.
"It's time to double-down on simulation, not reduce it," said Baptiste, "to rely more heavily on simulation as a cost-effective alternative.
The training-simulation industry pumps about $5 billion into Central Florida's economy annually.
And while the sequester's $1.2 trillion in cuts over a decade