Buss: Cubic focused on training outcomes

By Marjorie Censer / October 7, 2016 at 11:59 AM

David Buss, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral promoted by Cubic earlier this year, told Inside Defense this week the company is increasingly focused on understanding the outcomes of its training products.

Cubic in May promoted Buss to president of Cubic Global Defense, a unit focused on live, virtual, constructive and game-based training. At the same time, the company said Mike Twyman would become president of Cubic Mission Solutions, which was made a formalized business division and specializes in C4ISR work.

A retired vice admiral, Buss first joined Cubic in mid-2015 after more than 36 years in the Navy. He served for more than two years as commander of Naval Air Forces.

On the floor of the Association of the U.S. Army conference in Washington this week, Buss said Cubic is focused on “performance-based training,” which requires working with its military customers to define readiness standards.

He said this approach to training is meant to be more cost effective.

“If we can provide more readiness output for the same or [fewer] dollars invested . . . then the value increases,” Buss said.

He said the company is starting to work on this with its military customers. “This is a relatively new conversation,” Buss added.