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NDIA’s 34th Annual National Test and Evaluation Conference (Fort Walton Beach, FL)

May 13 - May 15

Modernized T&E: Critical Enabler of the National Defense Strategy


Please join us May 13-15, 2019 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, Fort Walton Beach, FL for the 34nd Annual National Test & Evaluation Conference.  The theme of the 2019 conference will focus on the role of DT&E and OT&E as keys to achieving competitive military advantages.

The National Defense Strategy (NDS) calls on the Defense community to continuously deliver performance with affordability and speed, and to pursue urgent change at significant scale and at the speed of relevance to support the Warfighter.  Modernized T&E faces challenges (process, technological, and cross-domain complexity) in enabling the NDS, through effective, efficient and timely Developmental and Operational Testing (DT & OT) of weapon system.

Providing a dominant Joint Force requires delivering advanced performance with affordability and speed, organizing for innovation, and pursuit of streamlined rapid and iterative approaches from development to fielding.  These all have impacts on the T&E community.


During this conference, senior Test & Evaluation leaders will present their views on the challenges ahead on how Industry and Government can partner together for achieving the critical goals of the NDS.  NDIA also invites high-quality, professional presentations that reflect the theme and address the focus areas being featured in the event.  For information on how to submit a presentation abstract see the Call for Abstracts page.


DoD is investing broadly in military applications of autonomy, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, including rapid application of commercial breakthroughs, to gain competitive military advantages.  These technologies present significant T&E challenges to the Defense community requiring innovative approaches to support of rapid adoption and fielding.

The Test & Evaluation (T&E) Division encourages informed dialogue between the private and public sectors on defense T&E issues; champions the development of T&E policies that improve the developmental, operational and live-fire T&E process; and builds partnerships between the private and public sectors. Focusing mainly on developmental, operational and live-fire testing, the division supports an annual symposium and quarterly meetings of NDIA’s Industrial Committee on Test & Evaluation.

The division also presents the Walter Hollis Award for Lifetime Achievement in Defense Test and Evaluation, the Arthur Stein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Live-Fire Test and Evaluation and the Tester of the Year Awards.


May 13
May 15
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