Joint Conference on T&E Support to Prototyping and Experimentation | International Test and Evaluation Association
With careful consideration, a final decision has been made to host this event IN-PERSON.
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This conference will discuss the practical implications of T&E support in prototyping, experimentation and other developmental activities. 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 T&E 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. Pre-workshop tutorials (separate registration required) will be held on Monday, January 31st and plenary & Technical sessions will be held February 1-3. Come Join Us! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column]
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 November 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.
Sessions will be unclassified and open to the general T&E community, however, restricted sessions (up to FOUO) may be made available. Abstracts will be reviewed for a presentation during a conference session or as a poster paper. Abstracts accepted for presentation, along with the slides, will be available on the online proceedings for attendees after the Workshop concludes.
Abstracts should be non-commercial in scope, pertinent to conference topic, no longer than 500 words, and releasable to the general public. Visit the DEPS website for the Abstract submission form and instructions for submittal. Abstracts submission is now closed.
The following tutorials are being offered by DEPS and ITEA on Monday, January 31, 2022 in conjunction with the 2022 Joint Conference on T&E Support to Prototyping and Experimentation. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits will be awarded for completion of the tutorials. A certificate of completion will be provided upon request.
The fee to attend a 4-hour tutorial is $300 for 1 or $550 for two. Registration for a tutorial does not require registration for the Conference. Complete this form to register on-line. Note that on-line registration does not require on-line payment. Cancellations after January 4th are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after January 29th.
Note that while all short courses are unclassified, some have additional participation requirements, which are listed below and are identified in the Classification field in the course descriptions. See the conference Security information for instructions on participating in short courses with limited distribution.
4. Intro to DoD T&E Process (Lim Dis D)
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North
5151 San Francisco Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
ITEA is pleased to offer a special below government per diem rate of $XX per night for Sunday – Thursday, and $XX per night for Friday and Saturday. This property is the host hotel and when making your reservation you must indicate you are with the ITEA/DEPS workshop. To receive the special rate call 505-821-333 or click the link below to book your reservation by TBD
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Don’t miss your opportunity to exhibit at the 2022 Joint Conference on T&E Support to Prototyping and Experimentation. Commercial, academic, and government exhibits will play an integral part in the Joint Conference on T&E Support to Prototyping and Experimentation. We’ll put you in the right place at the right time. Increase your visibility, network with key players, and show your support and commitment to the industry and community!
Exhibit Hall Hours
|Exhibit Set Up:
|Monday 31 January
|Tuesday 1 February
|Tuesday 1 February
|1730-1930 (Exhibitor’s Reception)
|Wednesday 2 February
|Wednesday 2 February
|1600-1800 (not before!)
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 sponsorship is tax deductible.
Your sponsorship dollars help defer the cost of the conference 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.
Program Chair – Ed Trzcienski and Whitney Winchester
Technical Co-Chairs – Mark Henderson & Dr. Tim Andreadis
Tutorial Chair – Cristina Crowson and Lena Moran, Lena@itea.org
Exhibits and Sponsorships Chair – Lena Moran, Lena@itea.org
STEAM Co-Chairs – STEAM Co-Chairs: Steve Woffinden and Kathi Swagerty
Conference Coordinator – Cynnamon Spain, firstname.lastname@example.org
Security Coordinator – Kat Gonzales, Kat@deps.org
Registration Coordinator – Dawn Gutierrez, Dawn@deps.org
Technical Program Coordinator – Cristina Crowson, Cristina@deps.org
31 Jan - 03 Feb 2022
10:00 am - 7:00 pm