January 27, 2020 – Pre-Workshop Tutorials (Separate Registration Required)
January 28-30, 2020 – Workshop Plenary and Technical Track Sessions
Location: Hotel Albuquerque https://www.hotelabq.com/
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!
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org
STEAM Co-Chairs: Mr. Steve Woffinden and Ms. Kathi Swagerty
Facility Chair – Ms. Cynnamon Spain, email@example.com
Security Coordinator – Ms. Kat Gonzales, firstname.lastname@example.org
27 - 31 Jan 2020