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2020 Joint Conference on T&E Support to Prototyping and Experimentation

A collaboration between the 20th Annual ITEA Systems of Systems Workshop and
the 18th Annual Directed Energy T&E Conference 

Co-Produced by ITEA and DEPS

Hosted by the ITEA Roadrunner, White Sands, and Valley of the Sun Chapters

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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. 

  • 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. Come Join Us!


  • 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


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. 


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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, cynnamon@deps.org
STEAM Co-Chairs: Mr. Steve Woffinden and Ms. Kathi Swagerty
Facility Chair – Ms. Cynnamon Spain, cynnamon@deps.org
Security Coordinator – Ms. Kat Gonzales, kat@deps.org

Event Details


27 - 31 Jan 2020


Hotel Albuquerque

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