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 3390 - POSTPONED - Live Fire Test & Evaluation Conference 

3390 - Live Fire Test & Evaluation Conference 


POSTPONED - Live Fire Test & Evaluation Conference

Event Number

Event Date

 to 7/9/2013

Event Location
Johns Hopkins University APL

Event Contact
Ms. Brant Murray at or (703)247-2572



This conference will be be held at the SECRET/U.S. ONLY classification.

Recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have highlighted the need for our combat systems to be survivable and effective. Many of our systems employed in combat have undergone statutorily-mandated Live Fire Test and Evaluation (LFT&E), and have benefited from the advanced understanding of how our weapons perform and how our systems will respond when hit. This conference will address the impact of global threats, including strategic, tactical (including ballistic, directed energy and other non-ballistic threats) and unconventional threats (IEDs, others) on the safety and survivability of our armed forces. It will explore new survivability techniques and approaches to integrate survivability concerns within the broad considerations of system design and employment. The conference will also address issues related to lethality of our weapons systems, from small caliber munitions to missile defense. Lethality will be discussed within the operational context of increased precision of delivery and the desire to limit collateral damage. Other topics, which also play a vital role in this process, will include modeling and simulation, experimental design, test ranges, instrumentation and environmental issues related to this type of testing. LFT&E policies, procedures and best practices will also be addressed.

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the statutory requirement for LFT&E of
acquisition programs under Title 10, United States Code (Section 2366). The statute,
which became effective in FY1987, requires realistic survivability testing and realistic
lethality testing for applicable systems. Since FY1995, OSD oversight of LFT&E has
been provided through the Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation,
which provides for an integrated assessment of operational effectiveness (including
lethality), suitability and survivability.


Download/View/Print the Call for Abstracts and submittal instructions.


The NDIA T&E Executive Committee is soliciting nominees for this year’s Arthur Stein Award for lifetime achievement in Live Fire Test &Evaluation (LFT&E). This award will be presented at this year's Live Fire Test & Evaluation Conference.

Mr. Arthur Stein began his Defense career during World War II, when he joined distinguished scientists and mathematicians from throughout the country to work at the Ballistics Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Maryland. He had a long and distinguished career in the private sector, most of which was spent in Buffalo, New York, working for Calspan. In semi-retirement, he worked as consultant for the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).  It was there that Mr. Arthur Stein became involved with the new Joint Live Fire program, the Army-conducted Bradley Live Fire Test, and later the congressionally mandated LFT&E program. During those early years of LFT&E, he had a great influence on IDA analysts and on OSD’s Live Fire Test Office. He was a distinguished member of two blue-ribbon National Research Council panels to investigate LFT&E issues.  Mr. Arthur Stein was unusual not only for his distinguished career, but for staying intellectually young even until his death in 1995 at the age of 76. His work seemed to energize both him and those around him. He firmly believed in the importance of Live Fire Test and Evaluation, and wanted to pass on his interest and knowledge to the next generation.





Download/Print/View the current Agenda (as of 5/30/2013)

Agenda at a Glance

Monday, July 8, 2013
7:00am - 5:00pm, Registration
7:00am - 8:00pm, Continental Breakfast
8:00am - 10:00am, General Session
10:00am - 10:30am, Networking Break
10:30am - 11:50am, General Session
11:50am - 12:50pm, Arthur Stein Award Luncheon
12:50pm - 2:15pm, General Session
2:15pm - 2:30pm, Networking Break
2:30pm - 5:00pm, General Session

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
7:00am - 5:00pm,  Registration
7:00am - 8:00am, Continental Breakfast
8:00am - 10:00am, General Session
10:00am - 10:30am, Networking Break
10:30am - 11:30am, General Session
11:50am - 12:50pm, Networking Lunch
12:50pm - 5:00pm, Concurrent Sessions
5:00pm, Conclude Conference


Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
11100 Johns Hopkins Rd.
Laurel, MD 20723
(443) 778-5000


Registration is now CLOSED!

Attendee Information

This conference will be be held at the SECRET/U.S. ONLY classification.

Appropriate attire for the conference is business casual for industry and uniform of the day for military.

Photographic equipment, audio/visual recording devices (except for Conference Staff operated equipment), briefcases, two-way pagers, cellular phones are strictly prohibited. Classified note-taking will not be permitted. Briefcases will be stored in a security area and will not be taken into the meeting room. Attendees who wish to receive classified materials must work with the presenter to obtain that material outside the scope of the conference.

During conference registration and check-in, each Attendee will be issued an identification badge. Please be prepared to present a valid picture ID. Your badge must be worn at all conference functions.

NDIA supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. For more information, please contact Ms. Brant Murray, Meeting Planner, at and reference Event #3390.

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Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

NDIA POC: Ms. Brant Murray, Meeting Planner, at or (703) 247-2572


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