This year’s 51st Annual Symposium theme is, “Overcoming Technical Challenges and Budget Constraints.” The goal of this two day, unclassified symposium is to foster the technical exchange of information on current and future requirements for testing and training in a funding short, threat rich environment. Air systems will include piloted and remotely-piloted fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. Land and waterborne robotic vehicles and vessels will be included as focus areas, as well.
This year's event will be co located with the Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference & Exhibition.
Call for Abstracts
The Symposium Planning Committee is currently seeking abstract submissions! Technical presentations and program updates will be the principal focus of this Symposium. General Sessions will provide the opportunity for individuals to offer their perspectives on key topics to a broad spectrum of influential observers and key decision-makers, including practicing Engineers, Analysts and Evaluators of all levels in Government and Industry. Abstract submissions are requested from Government, Industry and Academia to enhance the Symposium and to broaden the understanding of efforts being made in each of the Division’s areas of interest, including the test and evaluation of air-to-air and ground-to-air weapons systems.
Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, May 2, 2014.
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The Symposium will bring together recognized experts from Government, Military and Industry to showcase the latest developments in Targets, UAVs and Range Operations and discuss future requirements in these areas as threats and weapons systems evolve and robotics become ever more prominent in warfare, training and testing. Co location with the Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference & Exhibition is a bonus feature of this year’s event as Attendees will be able to view exhibits from both the Targets and Robotics events.
A common focus of Military/Industrial symposia today is the paucity of funding and uncertainty of program continuation. We will build on this with presentations which look to the future of existing programs while also including the latest information from senior program officials as to which upcoming programs are likely to make the budget cut line.
This Symposium will address these realities through presentations on cutting-edge developments as diverse as targets and control systems that can deal with air and sea swarm threats in a credible way, to current usage and future requirements relative to use of robotic vehicles in the national air-space.
Symposium events will commence on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 and run through Thursday, August 14, 2014, featuring a General Session with technical oral presentations, as well as status briefings from Industry, DoD and Military presenters. In addition, extended breaks and luncheons structured to enhance networking opportunities are included. Further, outstanding individual contributions to the NDIA Targets Division and the Industry will be recognized through a presentation of the Division’s highest honor, the Willis Howard Award.