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What T&E’rs Need to Know about Program Management and Systems Engineering and Why


William D. (Dave) Bell, D. Eng., CTEP, has over forty eight years of professional engineering experience which has provided him with extensive knowledge and know-how in the areas of basic research, systems development, systems engineering, systems integration, testing and acceptance, resource acquisition, and program administration. He retired from Federal Government service in 2005 and currently works for the MITRE Corporation as a Principal Multidiscipline Systems Engineer. He has managed all of MITRE’s Test and Evaluation (T&E) projects that support the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). This includes MITRE’s support to the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation and MITRE’s support to the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Developmental Test and Evaluation. Work for both of these organizations was with respect to programs that are on OSD’s T&E oversight list. Additionally he oversaw MITRE support to the Test Resource Management Center with respect to major test infrastructure need’s determination and acquisition.

C. David Brown, Ph.D., CTEP, is formerly the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Developmental Test & Evaluation (DASD(DT&E)) and Director, Test Resource Management Center (TRMC). As the DASD(DT&E), he served as the principal advisor on developmental test and evaluation to the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) and the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)). Dr. Brown was responsible for DT&E policy and guidance in support of the acquisition of major Department of Defense (DoD) weapons systems, and providing advocacy, oversight, and guidance to the DT&E acquisition workforce. In Dr. Brown’s role as Director, TRMC he advised the SECDEF and USD(AT&L) on matters pertaining to the DoD’s Major Range and Test Facility Base (MRTFB), the Nation’s critical range infrastructure for conducting effective test and evaluation (T&E). Additionally, he reviewed and certified proposed T&E budgets of Military Departments and Defense Agencies, administers the Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program (CTEIP), and oversees the DoD program for T&E science and technology. Prior to his appointment in September of 2013, Dr. Brown was a consulting engineer for the MITRE Corporation and the Institute for Defense Analyses in the areas of DoD program management, systems engineering, and test and evaluation. He was also an adjunct professor and still teaches graduate courses in program management and systems engineering for Johns Hopkins University. He previously served as the Director of the Combined Test Organization and Executive Director for Test for the Army Future Combat Systems (FCS) program where he was responsible for planning and overseeing the testing and evaluation for this multi-billion dollar revolutionary development program. Before working on the FCS program, Dr. Brown was the Director for Test and Technology for the Army Developmental Test Command, where he oversaw the management of more than 1700 tests annually, technical operations at five of the DoD MRTFBs and six associated test sites, and an annual budget of over $450 million in investment in test support and test technology development. Dr. Brown was also the focal point for the Army’s application of modeling and simulation techniques to technical test and evaluation, including the development of the Virtual Proving Ground, the Army’s multi-million dollar, multi-year virtual testing program. He has also been a test instrumentation engineer, test director, test manager, and an active Army Signal Corps officer in various leadership positions. Dr. Brown became a member of the Senior Executive Service in 1999, holds two patents, and has authored numerous technical papers. He is a registered Professional Engineer, was a member of the Army Acquisition Corps, and is a retired Army Reserve Colonel. He has a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, and a MS in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is an active member of the International Council on Systems Engineering and the International Test and Evaluation Association.


Test and evaluation have too often and too long been perceived by many practitioners of these disciplines as stand-alone processes.  Nothing could be further from the truth, as they are the foundations of developing the knowledge required to conduct effective and efficient program management and systems engineering.  Therefore, testers and evaluators must understand, speak the language of, and properly integrate with the needs and processes of their major customers, the program managers and systems engineers.

This three-day course presents a basic overview of key program management processes such as leadership, planning, monitoring, control, work breakdown structure, scheduling, budgeting, contracting, and earned value management; and key systems engineering processes such as requirements analysis, functional analysis, partitioning, design, risk management, trade studies, and concurrent and specialty engineering.

This course also includes discussion of some developing engineering challenge areas such as software engineering and test, human systems engineering, autonomous systems development, and cyber engineering and test.  Day 1 discussions cover the basic concepts of program management and systems engineering discussed above.  Day 2 is devoted to discussions of the role of test and evaluation in program management and systems engineering, unique aspects of all three disciplines in the Federal Government and DOD, and some case studies of notable DOD acquisition programs.  Day 3 discussions examine some interesting and important special topics in DOD acquisition as well as providing a look at the future of DOD acquisition.  All of the above subject areas are presented with a perspective that will help ensure that testers and evaluators become better informed and more effective members of any development team.


  • Welcome & Course Overview
  • 1A – Program/Project Management (PM)
    • Program and program life cycle overview
    • Planning & Control
    • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
    • Scheduling
    • Estimating and budgeting
    • Earned Value Management (EVM)
    • Contract types
  • 1B – Systems Engineering (SE)
    • What is a System
    • What is SE
    • Intro to Specialty Engineering Disciplines
    • System Reliability
    • System Safety
    • Risk Management, TRLs
    • Trade Studies
    • Family of Systems/System of Systems
    • Thoughts on Complex Systems Engineering
  • 2A – Test and Evaluation (T&E)
    • Overview, verification, Test Analysis Demonstration Inspection (TADI)
    • Test design & planning
    • Developmental Test(DT)/Operational Test(OT)/Integrated Test(IT)
    • T&E programmatics
  • 2B – Modeling and Simulation (M&S)
    • M&S overview
    • M&S throughout the SE Cycle
    • Thoughts on M&S
  • 2C – Current Trends in T&E
    • T&E early in programs
    • Verify vs Validate = DT vs OT
    • Integrated T&E
    • T&E of immature technologies
    • Agile acquisition T&E implications
  • 3A – Case Studies
    • Army Future Combat Systems
    • Navy Littoral Surveillance Radar System
  • 3B – DOD Acquisition
    • The DOD process & Acquisition life cycle
    • Regulations, directives, guidance, instructions
  • 3C – Special Topics
    • Software SE and T&E
    • Human Systems Integration
    • Unmanned and Autonomous Sys SE and T&E
    • Cyber and Info Assurance SE and T&E
  • Conclusions, Graduation

Event Details


14 - 16 Nov 2018


8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Fairfax, VA

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