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November 17, 2020
Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper released a new report entitled “Take the Red Pill: The New Digital Acquisition Reality” making an urgent call to “eCreate before you aviate,” and the implication is that simulation has just been given a radically higher focus than ever before. The new report makes simulation, of the type we have focused on training GURU to conduct autonomously, a mandatory pillar of future technology development:
Furthermore, the report spells out a need to “own the tech stack” (there's no better way to run a multitude of simulation tech coming from multiple vendors than with GURU) and highlights the importance of applications such as digital twin (where any wait time in executing simulation is unaffordable). There is no greater distillation of why GURU is needed than this report:
In order to run the amount of simulation, and in the manner identified as the new standard in this report, two requirements will have to be met:
We have been told these two requirements numerous times during our customer discovery conducted the last several months across industries, and several government agencies including MDA, NASA, NRO for democratizing trajectory prediction; AFRL, DOE, ERDC, and NGA for democratizing CFD; and the ARMY and SOCOM for democratizing virtual world simulation.
Recent quotes from Roper make the priority clear, talking about simulation dependent so-called ‘e-series’ airplanes:
He also wants industry “to start leaning forward with us, and make their own investment” in the digital technology and called this a “watershed moment” in history.
The entire reason GURU exists is to respond to the growing need to leverage simulation in engineering, and the fact that the human workload is prohibiting most engineers from doing that. The Air Force is clearly leading the way to a new expectation for the volume of simulation that will now be considered mandatory in the development of new aircraft and many other technologies, and GURU will be ready to make it possible for engineers to answer this new paradigm!