Naval Support Activity (NSA) Orlando opened in 1988 as the home of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). NAWCTSD is the Navy’s principal center for modeling, simulation, and training systems technologies. The Center provides training systems development for a wide spectrum of military programs, including aircraft, surface ships, submarines, and other specialized requirements.
NSA Orlando also served as one of the principal foundations of Orlando’s new Central Florida Research Park, home to a wide variety of private industry, government, and academic organizations—many of them specializing in high-tech research and development programs.
Today, NSA Orlando provides support to all Department of Defense activities in Central Florida, most of which support military training and simulation missions. It has added the U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation, the Army’s equivalent to NAWCTSD, as a major tenant unit.
Other major supported organizations adjacent to NSA Orlando include the U.S. Marine Corps’ Program Manager for Training Systems; the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s SFC Paul Ray Smith Simulation & Training Technology Center; the Orlando office of the U.S. Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation; the U.S. Navy Human Performance Center Orlando; the United States Joint Forces Command’s Joint Development Integration Facility and Joint Training Integration and Evaluation Center, and the Joint Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Laboratory.
Only 40 acres in size, NSA Orlando is arguably one of the smallest U.S. Navy bases in the world, but it plays a vital role in supporting the development of critical training systems for our military forces.