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10th Command User Event in Italy: A Confluence of Defense Innovation

Published on September 28, 2023

The 10th Command User Event, a highly anticipated gathering for defense professionals, marked a significant milestone, and for us, it was a moment of immense pride. As the organizers of this distinguished event hosted at Casa dell’Aviatore in Rome from September 18th to September 22nd, 2023, we were thrilled to see our vision come to life on an international stage. The success of this event was a testament to the collaborative spirit of the defense community and the unwavering commitment of our team.

This event wouldn't have been possible without the support and collaboration of Aeronautica Militare Italiana, and we extend our heartfelt appreciation to them for making this milestone moment a reality.

Event Highlights

The Command User Event series has been gaining popularity over the years, and this year was no exception. The event showcased the evolution of Command PE, featuring several significant upgrades, including Real Time MultiPlayer, Amphibious Ops Planner, and Advanced Planner.

The event offered a diverse program catering to both beginners and experienced professionals. It featured training sessions led by renowned figures in the defense sector, tailored to address the specific needs of attendees. One of the event's standout features was the array of analysis and experimentation approaches being used by the Command PE community.

Command PE boasts a powerful, scalable simulation engine that utilizes an extensive database of platforms and weapon systems, spanning from post World War II to the near future. This resource provides attendees with unparalleled opportunities for hands-on learning and experimentation.

Notable Speakers

The event's agenda included a roster of distinguished speakers, each contributing their expertise and insights. Some of the notable presentations included:

- "Command 101" - A demonstration of Command and its capabilities, presented by Dimitris Dranidis.

- "Solving the Problem of Data in Defence" by Nathan Smith, Principal Engineer - Combat Systems, BAE Systems Submarines.

- "Command PE in support of AFRL wargaming activities" by Matt Stonecipher, Defense Simulation Controller Specialist at University of Dayton Research Institute.

- "CPE use in Maritime Operational Analysis" by Jaime Etherton, Analyst, Dstl.

- "Overview: Artificial Intelligence / RL / LLMs and Command" by Rory Anderson, Matrix Pro Sims.

International Collaboration

The event transcended geographical boundaries, transforming into a global nexus of knowledge exchange.

Representatives from 11 nations shared insights, experiences, and innovative approaches, fostering a vibrant environment for cross-cultural learning. Such connections have the power to transcend the event itself, serving as lasting bridges for future cooperation and partnership in the ever-evolving field of defense technology.

Distinguished speakers from around the globe graced the event with their expertise and insights. Notable among them were:

Col USMC (Ret) Tim Barrick, Director of Wargaming at the Krulak Center for Innovation & Future Warfare, who shared invaluable perspectives on the applications of Command PE in Professional Military Education.

Dr. Pei-Shiue Hsieh is an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research in Taiwan. Dr. Hsieh's presentation shed light on INDSR’s use of COMMAND for counter-propaganda and military analysis.

Col Arnel David, a strategist from the US Army and SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) shared insights on "Fight Club and Gaming in NATO" and provided a global perspective on the strategic importance of wargaming in shaping defense strategy.

Lt Col Thomas Silier is an instructor specializing in Air Power Studies at the German Air Force Officer School, Luftwaffe. His presentation on "Command PE in a Training Environment" brought a European perspective to the event, enriching the international discourse.


The 10th Command User Event in Italy was a resounding success, setting new standards for the convergence of defense innovation, technology, and collaboration. As Command PE continues to evolve, the event remains a vital platform for defense professionals to stay at the forefront of advancements in the sector.

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