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 May 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.
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. Come Join Us!
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 sponsorships are tax deductible.
Your sponsorship dollars help defer the cost of the Symposium 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.
Early Bird Registration until December 25
$645 – Regular Registration*
$495 – ITEA Member / Government Employee / Active Duty Military
Regular Registration December 26 through January 9
$745 – Regular Registration*
$595 – ITEA Member / Government Employee / Active Duty Military
Late Registration after January 9
$845 – Regular Registration*
$695 – ITEA Member / Government Employee / Active Duty Military
*Regular Registration rate includes one-year membership to ITEA.
SUBSTITUTION AND CANCELLATION POLICY: Substitutions are permitted. Refunds are not available within ten (10) days prior to the start of the event. Requests for cancellation submitted between ten (10) to 45 days prior to start date of the event will be subject to a $250 cancellation fee. Requests for cancellation greater than 45 days prior to the start date of the event will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee.
Conference Co-Chairs – Mr. Pat Cannon and Mr. Ed Trzcienski
Technical Program Chair – Mr. Scott Marshall
Tutorial Chair – Ms. Cristina Crowson
Exhibits and Sponsorship Chair – Ms. Cynnamon Spain, email@example.com
STEAM Co-Chairs: Mr. Steve Woffinden and Ms. Kathi Swagerty
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27 - 31 Jan 2020