Naval Training Reaches Out To International Partners

Story Number: NNS110627-29Release Date: 6/27/2011 8:53:00 PM
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By Wes Delware, Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity International Training Center Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Senior Royal Saudi Arabian military officers attending advanced leadership training at Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity's International Training Center (NITC) onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola visited the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) June 21.

The visit was part of their 16 week course that includes advanced leadership training and the opportunity to learn more about the United States and the American way of life by taking field trips to local attractions, regional historical sites and monuments and other out-of-classroom activities.

During the visit students were introduced to a variety of technological advances taking place between machines (robotics) and humans.

Headquartered in Pensacola, Fla., IHMC joins universities and corporations in the advancement of human and machine assimilation.

In February 2011 part of IHMC's technology, in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), traveled onboard Discovery, NASA's 35th shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

Students said the work being done at IHMC is amazing and similar facilities should be created for research in other nations.

NITC Director, Cmdr. Chris Heaney agrees with his student's assessment of their trip.

"Community interaction with our International Military Students is a crucial aspect of the NITC curriculum. This visit to IHMC played an important role in helping build stronger international partnerships, a key component of our Maritime Strategy," said Heany.

Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) is the U.S. Navy's agent for managing international training under Security Assistance and Security Cooperation programs. It coordinates and supplies training support to international governments and organizations. The command also strives to build relationships that promote U.S. interests, strengthen defense relationships and support partner nation's abilities to participate in coalition operations.

NETSAFA liaisons and coordinates training at Navy's learning sites, private institutions, and other training providers, depending on a client nation's training needs. More than 6,500 international students from 155 nations attend training annually at various Professional Military Education (PME) institutions, warfare community schools, technical centers, and various training sites in support of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) weapons acquisitions. It also manages NITC, whose preparatory training introduces international students to the U.S. Navy's approach to training.

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