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 Targets, UAVs & Range Operations 

Targets, UAVs & Range Operations 

Targets, UAVs & Range Operations Division


To provide a forum for open exchange of technical and programmatic information between the Defense Department, its military services, industry representatives, and foreign organizations in the test and evaluation of air-to-air and ground-to-air weapons systems, which provide air/ground crew training for combat readiness. The Division was originally chartered as the Aerial Targets Section under the Air Armaments Division. With the increased emphasis on joint operations by the Defense Department and industry, the Aerial Targets Section expanded its focus to include UAVs and range operations.

The Targets, UAVs & Range Operations Division provides a forum for open exchange of technical and programmatic information between the Department of Defense, its military services, industry representatives and foreign governmental and civil agencies in the test and evaluation of air-to-air and ground-to-air weapons systems. Originally chartered as the Aerial Targets Section under the Air Armaments Division, the division expanded its focus to incorporate UAVs and range operations in response to the increased emphasis on joint operations by the DoD.

The Division periodically conducts symposiums and similar activities to benefit the business and technology insights and knowledge of government and industry representatives from the aerial targets, UAV and range communities. 

The Division annually presents the Willis Howard Award to the member who has contributed the most to the aerial targets and range operations community in furthering its goals and objectives. The division also awards its annual Hugh Harris Scholarship to high school seniors or graduates pursuing engineering, physical science or other technically-related fields of study. 

Upcoming Events and Division Activities

There are no events scheduled at this time. Future event updates will be posted to this website as they become available.

Previous Events

Download/Print/View a listing of past symposium themes and locations. 


Hugh Harris Scholarship
NDIA is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of the Hugh Harris Scholarship!
Download/Print/View the Press Release.

The Hubert D. Harris Scholarship Program was established in 1991 to memorialize Hugh Harris for his many contributions to the targets community in both government and industry.  The Division has been joined by NDIA’s Gulf Coast Chapter as a co-sponsor of the scholarship program.

Hugh was a longtime member and leader in various professional organizations including the IEEE, AOC and ADPA (forerunner of the NDIA).  He served two years as the national chairman for the Aerial Targets and RPV Section, working closely with all three military services.  Subsequent to his death on June 9, 1991, Hugh was the posthumous winner of the Division’s Willis Howard Award for outstanding service.

The Hugh Harris Scholarship is presented annually to a deserving high school senior who will be entering an accredited four-year university in pursuit of a math, engineering or hard science degree.  Profits from the Hugh Harris Memorial Golf Tournament, held during the annual Targets, UAVs and Range Operations Symposium, supplement the $50,000 base scholarship fund. 

Download/Print/View the Scholarship Application.

Please contact Mr. Cort Proctor, Division Board Member, via e-mail at for additional information. 


Willis Howard Award
The Willis Howard Award is presented annually at the Symposium to the person, either corporate or military, who in the view of the Executive Board, has demonstrated both sustained superior service within the communities now represented by the NDIA Targets Division, as well as active service to the Division.

Named after Mr. Willis Howard, one of the founding owners of Cartwright Electronics (now a division of Meggitt Defense Systems, Inc.), it is the highest award presented within the targets community.  Willis was also one of the founding corporate members of the NDIA Targets Division, which was originally the Aerial Targets Division of the American Ordnance Association.  He was an extremely active member of the Division who presented papers, chaired Sessions and was Chairman of the Annual Symposium on two occasions. 

Willis was killed in an auto accident while working with the USAF Weapons Evaluation Group at Tyndall Air Force Base.  He was so well respected throughout the Targets Community that the Division implemented an award in his honor.

Please contact Mr. Dave Miller, Division Board Chairman, via e-mail at or via phone at (205) 835-6151 to request additional information.


Mr. David Miller
Director, North American Marketing
Meggitt Defense Systems
7011 Briarwood Ln
Leeds, AL 35094-2465
Phone: (205) 835-6151
Fax: (205) 835-6151
National Defense Industrial Association
Mrs. Christy J. Mason, CMP
Director, Operations
Phone: (703) 247-2586

Mrs. Meredith Hawley, CMP
Associate Director, Operations
Phone: (703) 247-9476

Affiliate Associations

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