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36th International Test and Evaluation Pre-Symposium Tutorials

Accelerating T&E Using LVC and Agile

Pre-Symposium Tutorials – Tuesday Morning, November 12th

Pre-Symposium Tutorials require a separate $205 registration fee from the Symposium.

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Program Guide

ITEP Program and TEP Agreements Overview – Mr. Robert Butterworth and Mrs. Vicki Aardema, DOT&E

Testing with our allies is essential. To ensure interoperability, and to eliminate, inefficient duplicative activities, the United States and its international partners must share test resources and information. However, few in the test community know the ins and outs of these international arrangements, and may miss the opportunity to take advantage of them.

To set the stage for greater understanding and use, the Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) will offer a tutorial on the capabilities, benefits, and limitations of the DOD International Test and Evaluation Program (ITEP). Subject matter experts from the DOT&E ITEP Team will discuss their experiences developing, negotiating, and formalizing the bilateral and multinational agreements necessary in order to test with a foreign partner. The workshop will cover guidelines and recommendations for accessing test facilities, open-air ranges, operating areas, laboratories, as well as test equipment, methods, and data. It will also address funding methods and DOD administrative processes for attaining statutory compliance.

Laser Systems T&E Challenges – Mr. Douglas H. Nelson, Mr. Mark R. Stevens, and Mr. Robert C. Harney, Teknicare, Inc., Naval Postgraduate School

An introduction to the challenges of testing and evaluating Laser Systems. An overview of the basic physics and terminology of these systems is included. The unique effects of Laser Systems are also discussed to provide a foundation for test objectives. Test and evaluation needs for Laser Systems including required diagnostic beam propagation and atmospheric measurements are briefly examined.

Overcoming Challenges in Distributed T&E Using TENA & JMETC – Mr. Gene Hudgins, KBR

Together, TENA and JMETC enable interoperability among ranges, facilities, and simulations in a timely and cost-efficient manner. TENA provides for real-time system interoperability, as well as interfacing existing range assets, C4ISR systems, and simulations; fostering reuse of range assets and future software systems. JMETC is a distributed, LVC capability which uses a hybrid network architecture; the JMETC Secret Network (JSN), based on the SDREN, is used for secret testing and the JMETC Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) Network (JMN) is the T&E enterprise network solution for all classifications and cyber testing. JMETC provides readily-available connectivity to the Services’ distributed test and training capabilities and simulations, as well as industry resources. This tutorial addresses using the well-established TENA and JMETC tools and capabilities to reduce risk in an often-uncertain environment; regularly saving ranges time and money in the process.

T&E: The Past is Prologue – Mr. Matt Reynolds – Test and Evaluation Consulting

History sets the context for the future. In few arenas has that been more pertinent than in T&E. Five decades ago, it became obvious that T&E in all domains – but especially in national defense — was not adequately keeping up with technology. In defense, the result was less confidence that we would be able to counter ever-advancing threats. A key lesson learned was that T&E policies needed to be greatly strengthened and that tools and techniques needed to be continuously improved. This tutorial will review the evolution of T&E thought and practices over the years. The major policies now in place will be explored, along with the lessons learned that have helped to shape them. Today’s hot topics and challenges will be discussed, including statistics based test design, reliability growth testing, and cybersecurity verification. This tutorial will be a good primer to stimulate thinking about what the future of T&E will need to encompass.

T&E as a Part of Agile Development – Robin Poston, PhD, University of Memphis, and Wayne Dumais, Department of Homeland Security

To discuss T&E in support of agile development, we need to explore the sequence of the evolution of the agile methods, rationale for the application of different methods, compare traditional and agile software development approaches, discuss research conclusions regarding the agile method’s Impact on software performance, review benefits and challenges of agile, and appreciate the fit of agile methods with Software Development LifeCycle (SDLC) stages. Furthermore, in this tutorial we will also discuss when to use agile, the role of the tester on agile projects, and various kinds of testing applicable to agile software developments. The goal is for attendees to be able to evaluate whether requirements testing is being properly integrated into the agile software development process, coordinate development of the operational test strategy into the agile software development environment, coordinate and oversee testing in the agile development environment with government and contractor personnel, and specify testing requirements in the Request for Proposal (RFP) for a software development project in which the agile development process is to be used.

Using Design of Experiments to Accelerate the Knowledge Gain from Test Data – Mark Kiemele, PhD, Air Academy

In a data-driven economy, industry and government leaders rely increasingly on skilled professionals who can see the significance in data and use data analytic techniques to properly collect data, solve problems, create new opportunities, and shape change. Data science can be defined as the art and science of solving problems and shaping decisions through the precise collection and analysis of data. This tutorial is intended for executives, leaders, managers, and practitioners who need to know how their critical thinking can be impacted by such things as Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Design of Experiments (DOE) and other tools in the Data Science toolkit. This tutorial will cover the need for critical thinking as well as a high-level view of a variety of data analytic tools that can be used to enhance critical thinking. Even if one never designs a test or evaluates its results, this tutorial participant will be able to explain the uniqueness of DOE and why big data and predictive analytics are needed to generate the analytical capability every organization needs.

Event Details


12 - 12 Nov 2019


8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Kaua’i Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach




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November 12, 2019
8:00 am - 12:00 pm EST


Kaua’i Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach
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Lihue, HI 96766 United States
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