Recognizing Excellence

MS&T’s Simulation and Training Awards Program showcases the people, products, processes, and organizations that provide exceptional value to our military clients. Many metrics are used to describe value, but the underlying principle is that value ultimately resides in how well the client is enabled in achieving their goals. Value is about outcomes and is often expressed in terms of change in areas such as resource use, effectiveness, efficiency, time, access, or readiness, or even capability

How It Works

Nominations for awards in each of the award categories will be sought during the nomination period. Guidance for submissions is included in the detailed descriptions for each category. MS&T invites all industry readers to submit nominations in any or all categories. A separate standalone submission that meets the criteria and guidelines for each category is required for each award consideration. Nominations for 2020 will open on Monday, March 23. The final deadline to receive all submissions is Friday, May 22 at 9pm UTC/5pm EDT.

A panel of MS&T editors and invited participants will evaluate the submissions for each category. Care will be taken to ensure that “conflict of interest” situations do not arise. For each category, each member of the panel will assess each submission against the criteria outlined for each category. The assessment will be based solely on the qualitative and quantitative data submitted. Each criterion is rated on a scale of 0 to 5. The presence of relevant testimonials that support the narrative will be acknowledged with 1 point where noted. Submissions are ranked according to the total points awarded. The panel will select up to three finalists in each category from the top ranking submissions. Should the panel determine there are too few quality entries in any category to support an award, MS&T reserves the right to not propose a slate of finalists.

Readers’ Choice
MS&T print, digital and newsletter subscribers will be asked to select the winner of each category by voting online for the best finalist in each category. The voting period and directions will be announced by email. Voters will be able to review finalists’ edited submission summaries prior to casting their ballot. MS&T editors will prepare the summaries.

Finalists in each category will receive a plaque. The Readers’ Choice in each category will receive a crystal award trophy and a featured position in the Awards issue of MS&T. Awards will be presented during I/ITSEC via invitations by MS&T staff.

The award winners are voted for by the S&T community, so they represent a true ‘peer review’ of those chosen in each category. All the nominees, especially those selected as finalists and winners deserve our heartiest congratulations as they all reflect many years of service and dedication to their countries’ armed forces. – MS&T Publisher Andrew P. Smith

Please direct awards program questions to Holly Foster at