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The MDO Continuum: Testing, Experimentation, and Training

Where:  Alexandria, VA 

When:  July 16 – Tutorials, July 17-18 – Technical Program



The Honorable Kathleen H. Hicks, Deputy Secretary of Defense, recently captured in her foreword to the DoD “Data, Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence Adoption Strategy” that “Responsibly and rapidly realizing the full promise of data, analytics, and AI is not the sole job of a single organization or program; it’s on all of us.  Providing DoD data as an enterprise resource, for instance, requires more sharing and collaboration, not less. We seek an agile strategic approach that guides decentralized action across DoD, inspires campaigns of learning, and leverages all our people, processes, and enabling technologies.” 

This year’s MDO workshop will build upon this theme going beyond the classical separation of the lifecycle phases, ie. experimentation, contractor test, developmental test, operational test and training, with each having their own discrete experimentation or test phase to a continuum of test and evaluation from warfighter gap identification through to the operations and sustainment of the gap solution. We will focus on going outside the historical program life cycle to a capability delivery continuum with a campaign of learning foundation throughout. Our intent is to pique discussions on how to transform the DoD to this new paradigm, leverage the power of the digital engineering tools, optimize the use of M&S, and set in place a foundation of data sharing across the continuum while blending experimentation and test. We will still present and discuss the challenges associated with the support of the individual milestone phases, after all they are the building blocks of this continuum concept.

**In March, ITEA hosted a one-day AI forum Accelerate Testing in the Digital Age for AI Enabled Systems in Washington DC where Senior Government Subject Matter Experts addressed their current and future problems when it comes to using AI in Test (limitations, requirements, policy, etc.). At the MDO Workshop we offer the platform for Industry and Academia to present their responses to the issues and problems identified.

Topics for Technical Tracks and Tutorials

Below are topics for technical tracks and tutorials. We welcome suggestions for other topics and invite you to serve as the chair and/or organizer of a technical track.

  • ADTR (CUI) All Domain Test Range
  • AI for Operational Decision Making**
  • C-UAS
  • Cyber
  • Data and Analytics
  • EW
  • Instrumentation
  • Integrating LVC
  • Joint Fires
  • Joint Test
  • M&S for MDO
  • Mission Engineering/System-of-Systems
  • Non-kinetic threats
  • Space
  • Test and Training Integration
  • Other

Technical Program

Presentations will be unclassified and open to the general T&E community, however, restricted sessions (up to Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)) may be considered. Sessions and presentations are timed for the convenience of the attendee. Each session features presentations submitted by technical experts from the T&E arena. Abstracts must be strictly non-commercial in scope, pertinent to a technical topic, and no longer than 500 words.


ITEA offers 4-hour tutorials the day before the Workshop begins (Tuesday). This allows individuals to take advantage of increasing their continuing professional education credits. Tutorials require a separate registration from the Workshop. Instructors receive a complimentary registration to attend the Workshop; a secondary instructor will register at the full rate.

To help you to maintain, develop, or increase your knowledge, problem-solving, technical skills, or professional performance standards, these tutorials are often directly mapped to our CTEP certification and the four domains that have been identified by our Board of Examiners.  As a bonus, ITEA offers members an option to sit for the CTEP exam when choosing two tutorials per event.


Abstracts for Technical Tracks are due April 17 2024
Abstracts for Tutorials are due by March 31 2024

For planning purposes: Please ensure your abstract is approved for public release and cleared through your organization prior to submitting for consideration. Once your abstract has been accepted, you will be notified with further instructions. Due to the short period of time between announcement and submission, contact us if you have any questions.

Presenters are not exempt from registration and conference fees. The primary presenter will receive a discounted rate, all other presenters/co-authors will register at the full rate.

Submission Form – coming soon 
Submission Guidance 


Commercial, academic, and government exhibits will play an integral part in this Workshop. We will put you in the right place at the right time. Increase your visibility, network with key players, and show your support and commitment to industry and the community!

Floor Plan Coming Soon

Exhibit Application Coming Soon 


ITEA is a 501(c)(3) professional education association dedicated to the education and advancement of the test and evaluation profession. Sponsorships, in part, are tax deductible.

Sponsorship opportunities are available to highlight your organization before and during the Symposium. Let us know your budget and we will help you get noticed.

Sponsor Application

Hotel and Venue

Hilton at the Mark Center
5000 Seminary Rd
Alexandria, VA 22311

To receive the best rate available, make your reservation by calling the hotel directly at 703-845-1010 and mention the Group Rate for ITEA or online: https://book.passkey.com/go/ITEA24  The cut-off date is June 15.  


Regular Registration until June 15
$845 – Non-Member
$695 – ITEA Member / Gov’t Employee / Active-Duty Military

Late Registration after June 15
$945 – Non-Member
$795 – ITEA Member / Gov’t Employee / Active-Duty Military

Special Registration
$495 for anyone presenting


The Schedule for Planning Purposes
Tuesday, July 16 [8:00AM – 5:00PM] Pre-workshop Tutorials and Exhibitors Set-up
Wednesday, July 17 [8:00AM – 5:00PM] Workshop Technical Program
Thursday, July 18 [8:00AM – 5:00PM] Workshop Technical Program

Planning Committee
If you have any questions, contact us at info@itea.org 

Exhibits / Sponsors / Registration
Jenna Reza, 909-582-6026 / Jenna@itea.org
** Registration includes two lunches, breaks and Networking Reception. If you join as a member today, you will receive a discount on your registration. (Membership fees are $45 for govt/military and $95 for industry.) NOTE: Pre-Workshop Tutorials require a separate fee from the Workshop. 
NOTE:  This ITEA event is a non-competitive environment meant for a free exchange of ideas and information. 

Substitutions are welcome and encouraged! No refunds will be allowed within 15 days of the workshop.

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Event Details


16 - 18 Jul 2024


9:00 am - 6:00 pm


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July 16 @ 9:00 am EDT
July 18 @ 6:00 pm EDT


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