2021 Joint Conference on T&E Support to Prototyping and Experimentation – Virtual | International Test and Evaluation Association

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2021 Joint Conference on T&E Support to Prototyping and Experimentation – Virtual

Hosted by the ITEA Roadrunner and Valley of the Sun Chapters

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Virtual Conference Platform Overview

Virtual Events FAQ

This virtual  conference will discuss the practical implications of T&E support in prototyping, experimentation and other developmental activities. The partnership with DEPS allows for high energy laser and high-power microwave experimentation to be an integral component of our technical program and permits us to hold both limited distribution and classified sessions on all T&E topics. Key plenary speakers, panel discussions, and technical sessions will be part of a program to identify challenges, solutions, innovations and a future state; all contributing to moving us closer to creation of an infrastructure and principles, conducive to testing and training in a more operationally realistic environment. Pre-workshop tutorials (separate registration required) will be held on Monday, February 1st and plenary & Technical sessions will be held February 2-4. Come Join Us! 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

In January 2018, ITEA and DEPS combined two long running events and focused the Joint theme on how test and evaluation could or should be involved in the DoD trend to focus significant energy on prototyping and experimentation.  This focus was encouraged in an August 2017 DoD “Report to Congress Restructuring the Department of Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Organization and Chief Management Officer Organization” that stated the:

Department (of Defense) must increasingly leverage prototyping, experimentation and other developmental activities to retire technical risk before either weighing down the research and engineering phase with costly procurement decisions or weighing down a procurement program with costly technical risk.

Recently in November 2019, the DoD Prototyping Guidebook was updated by the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Emerging Capability and Prototyping Office. The Guidebook shares the following:  

In its report, ‘Weapon Systems: Prototyping Has Benefited Acquisition Programs, but More Can Be Done to Support Innovation Initiatives’ (GAO-17-309), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) states that DoD has become increasingly risk averse” and further asserts that risk aversion stifles innovation.

One way of mitigating this risk-averse culture is institutionalizing a new definition of what constitutes prototyping ‘success’ and ‘failure.’ Quite simply, since at its core prototyping is meant to generate a data set to inform a future decision, a prototyping project ‘succeeds’ if it provides that data set—even if the prototype itself does not work.

Likewise, a prototyping project that does not generate a data set to inform a future decision ‘fails.’  Perspectives of ‘success’ and ‘failure’ in prototyping should have less to do with the prototype itself and more to do with the data that the prototyping project generates.

In most cases, the most important step in the prototyping process is evaluating the prototype. In fact, prototypes are often built specifically for the evaluation activity, and will be discarded after the evaluation. Evaluations should be designed and conducted in a way that addresses the purpose of the prototyping project. Evaluations typically come in three forms: demonstrations, experimentation, and red teaming.

Our Joint Conference leverages that DoD vision and the recent significant increases in prototyping and experimentation efforts to explore the role of T&E in “prototyping, experimentation and other developmental activities.”  This Conference will discuss the practical implications of T&E support to getting “game changing” technologies to the Warfighter. The partnership with DEPS allows for high energy laser and high-power microwave experimentation to be an integral component of our technical program and permits us to hold both limited distribution and classified sessions on all topics. 

  • How are we incorporating new ideas about prototyping and experimentation “success” and “failure” into test planning, execution, and analysis?
  • How is testing in support of experimentation different than traditional T&E?  How is it the same? 
  • What are the roles of DoD T&E organizations and the Major Range and Test Facility Bases (MRTFBs) in designing, planning, executing, and supporting these activities? 
  • Given that each Service has already embarked on significant prototype development and experimentation campaigns, with execution timelines that span years not decades, how do the Service and DoD T&E communities respond to rapidly emerging needs for instrumentation, infrastructure, and test methodologies to support these campaigns?
  • How is testing in support of experimentation affected by the use of conceptual, developmental, and operational prototypes?

Key plenary speakers, panel discussions, and technical sessions will be part of a program to identify challenges, solutions, innovations and a future state; all contributing to moving us closer to creation of an infrastructure and principles, conducive to testing and training in a more operationally realistic environment.

CALLS FOR TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS, AND POSTER PAPERS

 Sessions will be unclassified and open to the general T&E community, however, restricted sessions (up to FOUO) may be made available. Abstracts will be reviewed for a presentation during a conference session or as a poster paper. Abstracts accepted for presentation, along with the slides, will be available on the online proceedings for attendees after the Workshop concludes.

Abstracts should be non-commercial in scope, pertinent to conference topic, no longer than 500 words, and releasable to the general public. Visit the DEPS website for the Abstract submission form and instructions for submittal. Abstracts due 11 December 2020.

TOPICS FOR PRESENTATION SUBMISSIONS

  • DoD and Service Experimentation Plans/Campaigns and Results
  • Designing Experimentation with Modeling and Simulation
  • Distributed Testing and Experimentation
  • Methodologies for Experimentation vs Test
  • Implications of Using Conceptual, Developmental, and Operational Prototypes
  • Instrumentation and Target Requirements for Game Changing Technologies
  • Policy Recommendations (OSD, Services) to Accommodate Better Prototyping “Pass/Fail” Definitions
  • Role of T&E in Experimentation Across the Kill Chain
  • T&E Capabilities for Directed Energy Systems
  • Testing Game Changing Technologies Integrated with Current Warfighter Capabilities
  • Impacts of OPSEC on Testing and Experimentation

PRE-WORKSHOP TUTORIALS (SEPARATE REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

 The following tutorials are being offered by DEPS and ITEA on Monday, February 1, 2021 in conjunction with the 2021 Joint Conference on T&E Support to Prototyping and Experimentation. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits will be awarded for completion of the tutorials. A certificate of completion will be provided upon request. 

The fee to attend a 4-hour tutorial is $300 for 1 or $550 for two. Registration for a tutorial does not require registration for the Conference. Complete this form to register on-line. Note that on-line registration does not require on-line payment. Cancellations after January 4th are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after January 29th. 

Note that while all short courses are unclassified, some have additional participation requirements, which are listed below and are identified in the Classification field in the course descriptions. See the conference Security information for instructions on participating in short courses with limited distribution.

  • Open/ Distribution A – Any registrant may participate.
  • Distribution C – Restricted to U.S. citizens who are employees of the federal government or its contractors.
  • Distribution D – Restricted to U.S. citizens who are employees of the Department of Defense or its contractors.

Tutorial Descriptions (PDF)

Morning Courses

  1. T&E of HEL Systems (Dist C)
  2. T&E of HPM Systems (Dist C)
  3. Introduction to the DoD T&E Process(Dist D)
  4. Introduction to Cybersecurity T&E (Open)
  5. TENA & JMETC for Distributed T&E(Open)
Afternoon Courses

  1. Design of Tests for Transitioning DE Weapon Systems to Acquisition Programs for Warfighter Fielding (Dist D)
  2. Combat Systems Engineering of DEWs(Dist D)
  3. HPM M&S Tools for T&E (Dist D)
  4. T&E in Support of Prototyping & Experimentation (Open)
  5. Predicting & Validating Prototyping Performance (Open)

REGISTRATION

Visit the DEPS website to register. Note that some of the technical sessions will have limited participation requirements. See the conference Security information for instructions on participating in session with limited distribution.

Virtual Conference Registration Fees
$350 – Non-Member*
$300 – ITEA Member / Government Employee / Active Duty Military

*Registration rate includes one-year membership to ITEA.

EXHIBITS

Why Exhibit

Don’t miss your opportunity to exhibit at the 2021 Joint Conference on T&E Support to Prototyping and Experimentation.  Commercial, academic, and government exhibits will play an integral part in the Joint Conference on T&E Support to Prototyping and Experimentation. We’ll put you in the right place at the right time. Increase your visibility, network with key players, and show your support and commitment to the  industry and community! The virtual booth will include:

  • Live Stream: Have a live video chat with attendees real-time. 
  • Promo Video URL: Share a pre-recorded video with attendees visiting your booth.
  • Company Description: Add a description of your company/organization.
  • Offer Link: In the Offer area, add a special deal, discount, or reward for booth visitors.
  • Products: Add pictures of products with description.
  • Social Links: Include links to your social media so that interested attendees can stay up to date with your organization.
  • Upload Documents: Provide any resources for attendees visiting your booth to view & download. 
  • Chat: Chat in your booth or send a request for a private chat.
  • Registration Included: Exhibit fee includes two (2) complimentary registrations!

Virtual Exhibit Application

Exhibitor Overview Video

Virtual Booth Information

Virtual Exhibit Hall Hours
All 
exhibitors will be available for a virtual face to face meeting during our exhibit hall hours
Tuesday, February 2 ~ 1:00pm–5:00pm
Wednesday, February 3 ~  1:00pm–5:00pm
*Note: Times subject to change until 21 days prior to the event.


Please contact Lena Moran at Lena@itea.org for additional details.

SPONSORSHIPS

ITEA is a 501(c)(3) professional education association dedicated to the education and advancement of the test and evaluation profession. Registration fees, membership dues, and sponsorship is tax deductible.

Your sponsorship dollars help defer the cost of the conference and support the ITEA scholarship fund, which assists deserving students in their pursuit of academic disciplines related to the test and evaluation profession. Sponsorship and related benefits will become effective on receipt of payment.

NOTE:  This ITEA event is a non-competitive environment meant for a free exchange of ideas and information. 

SPONSORSHIP PLEDGE FORM 

WORKSHOP COMMITTEE

Program Chair – Ed Trzcienski and Whitney Winchester
Technical Co-Chairs – Mark Henderson and Tim Andreadis
Tutorial Chair – Cristina Crowson and Lena Moran, Lena@itea.org
Exhibits and Sponsorships Chair – Lena Moran, Lena@itea.org
STEAM Co-Chairs – STEAM Co-Chairs:  Steve Woffinden and Kathi Swagerty
Conference Coordinator –  Cynnamon Spain, cynnamon@deps.org
Security Coordinator – Kat Gonzales, Kat@deps.org
Registration Coordinator – Dawn Gutierrez, Dawn@deps.org
Technical Program Coordinator – Cristina Crowson, Cristina@deps.org

 

Event Details

Date

01 - 04 Feb 2021

Time

10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Venue

Virtual

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