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 4870 - 16th Annual Systems Engineering Conference 

4870 - 16th Annual Systems Engineering Conference 



Event Number

Event Date

 to 10/31/2013

Event Location
Hyatt Regency Crystal City

Event Contact
Rebecca Danahy at or (703) 247-2561


A major conference focusing on improving acquisition and performance of Defense programs and systems, including net-centric operations and data/information interoperability, system-of-systems engineering and all aspects of system sustainment, will be convened in Arlington, VA, October 28-31, 2013.  This conference is sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association, Systems Engineering Division, with technical co-sponsorship by IEEE AES, IEEE Systems Council and the International Council on Systems Engineering, and is supported by the Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Director, Systems Engineering, and Office of the DoD Chief Information Officer.

The Department of Defense continues to seek ways to improve the acquisition of military equipment and capability to assist the warfighter in protecting the U.S. and its allies, and help oppressed nations around the world in a complex environment of ever-changing threats and conditions. The recently enacted Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act (WSARA) of 2009 defines Systems Engineering as a key player in helping effect improvements in defense acquisition and program execution, to achieve more effective and affordable military systems. Systems Engineering is the “umbrella” engineering function that serves as the key integrating function for successful program execution and helping maintain the balance between requirements, performance, cost, schedule, and overall effectiveness and affordability. Systems Engineering principles embody strong technical and risk/opportunity management aspects, for the acquiring program office as well as the prime and subcontractors. Strong emphasis on systems engineering throughout the program, especially in early development planning, is a key enabler of successful programs and fielded defense systems. The Annual Systems Engineering Conference explores the various roles of systems engineering from all aspects and perspectives—pragmatic, practical and academic—and brings key practitioners together to work on effective solutions to achieve a successful warfighting force.

Conference Objectives
This conference seeks to create an interactive forum for Program Managers, Systems Engineers, Chief Scientists, and Engineers and Managers from the Requirements, Design, Verification, Support, Logistics and Test communities from both Government and Industry.  The conference will provide the opportunity to shape policy and procedures by exchanging innovative tactics and lessons learned.


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Schedule at a glance:

8:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
9:30 am – 9:45 am Continental Breakfast
9:45 am – 11:45 am Plenary Session
11:45 am – 12:00 pm Award Ceremony
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Luncheon
1:00 pm – 2:45 pm Plenary Session
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Keynote Speaker
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Networking Break
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Plenary Session
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Networking Reception

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:45 am Concurrent Sessions
9:45 am – 10:15 am Morning Break
10:15 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Awards Luncheon
1:30 pm – 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:30 pm – 5:40 pm Concurrent Sessions
5:40 pm Adjourn

7:00 am – 3:30 pm Registration Open
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:45 am Concurrent Sessions
9:45 am – 10:15 am Morning Break
10:15 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Luncheon
1:30 pm – 3:50pm Concurrent Sessions
3:50 pm Adjourns 

Session Topics Include 

  • Affordability
  • Architecture
  • Early Systems Engineering
  • Education & Training
  • Enterprise Health Management
  • Engineering Resilient Systems
  • Early Systems Engineering/System of Systems
  • ESOH
  • Human Systems Integration
  • Modeling & Simulation/Architecture
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Net-Centric Operations/Interoperability
  • Program Management
  • Software
  • System Security Engineering
  • System of Systems/Architecture
  • System of Systems/Net-Centric
  • System of Systems/Test & Evaluation
  • Statistical Test Optimization
  • Systems Engineering Effectiveness
  • System of Systems
  • Technology Maturity
  • Test & Evaluation
  • Test & Evaluation/Modeling & Simulation


Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, VA 22202
Tel: (703) 418-1234
Fax: (703) 418-1289

Getting Here
By Air
Fly into Reagan National Airport (DCA).

  • Courtesy Hyatt shuttle to Reagan National Airport (DCA) departs the hotel every 20 minutes on the hour from 5:00am – 12:00am. (Times subject to change.)
  • Shuttle picks up at the Old Terminal (2nd Curb by the marked Hotel Shuttle stop location) and New Terminal Arrivals, Door 5 and Door 9 (1st Curb by the marked Hotel Shuttle stop location).

By Metro
From Crystal City Station, Blue and Yellow lines, the hotel is a 10-minute walk.

  • Courtesy Hyatt shuttle access to and from Crystal City Metro Station is provided at the corner of 18th street and S. Bell Street.
  • The Hyatt shuttle departs the hotel every 15 minutes on the hour from 6:00am – 10:00pm. (Times subject to change.)

Driving & Parking
From Washington D.C.:

  • Take 14th Street Bridge South.
  • Stay in far left lane.
  • Take exit #8C / Rt. 1 South toward Crystal City/Alexandria.
  • Follow Rt. 1 South / Jefferson Davis Hwy to 4th traffic light.
  • Turn left onto 27th Street.
  • Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport is on the left.

From Richmond & I-95 North:

  • Take I-95 North to I-395.
  • Take Exit 7A / Rt. 120 / Glebe Road South.
  • Stay on Glebe Road South approximately 1.5 miles to Rt. 1 / Jefferson Davis Hwy.
  • Turn left onto Rt.1 North / Jefferson Davis Hwy.
  • Turn right at the next light onto 27th Street.
  • Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport is on the left.

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A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.  In order to ensure the discounted rate, you must make your reservations early and ask for the “National Defense Industrial Association” room block. Rooms will not be held after Friday, October 4, 2013 and may sell out before then. Rates are also subject to change after this date.

Attendees must make their own reservations.  To reserve your room, please call the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at 888-421-1442 or reserve online by clicking here.

Government - $226 (single/double)
Industry - $249 (single/double) 

*The government per diem rate is available only to active duty or civilian government employees. ID will be required upon check-in.

Government Attendees:
Any active U.S. Military attendee with ID and travel order will be tax exempt (subject to state’s regulation of tax exemption). Any U.S. Government employee paying with U.S. Government check or credit card will be tax exempt (with supporting documentation as required by some states). Check with the hotel for specific state and local requirements when booking hotel reservations.


Online Registration is now CLOSED!

Registration Fees





09/28/13- 10/23/13






Industry NDIA Member




Industry Non-NDIA Member




Tutorial Sessions




Continuing Education Units (CEUs)


Download/Print/View the registration form.

Completed forms can be faxed to (703) 522-1885.

Cancellations & Substitutions
Cancellations received on/before 10/18/13 will receive a refund minus a cancellation fee of $75. No refunds for cancellations received after 10/18/13. Substitutions welcome in lieu of cancellations! Cancellations and substitutions must be made in writing to

Display Information

Download/Print/View the display registration form.

Completed forms can be faxed to (703) 522-1885.

NDIA invites you to display at the Systems Engineering Conference, where you will have the opportunity to showcase your capabilities to conference attendees. Displays will be centrally located at the conference. 

The display fee is $2,000 and includes: one individual conference registration, table, chair and electrical hook-up.  Displays will be tabletop or “pop-up” style.  Allocated display space will be 10 ft. wide by 6 ft. deep.  

Although computer systems for demonstration are OK, minimal hardware should be utilized.  No formal decorating company will be involved.  Companies must bring their own displays and plan to do their own set-up.  Standard draped folding table and chair will be provided for each display space. 

Attendee Information

Appropriate dress for this conference is business casual for civilians and class B uniform for military. During conference registration and check-in, each participant will be issued an identification badge. Please be prepared to present a picture ID. Badges must be worn at all conference functions.

Special Needs
NDIA supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Attendees with special needs or allergies/dietary restrictions should call or email Rebecca Danahy, at 703-247-2561 or

Sponsorship Opportunities


   Georgetown University   Raytheon

Increase your company or organization's exposure by becoming a Sponsor!

Download/Print/View the Sponsorship Menu.

Selected NDIA events offer sponsorships to fit your budget.  By enhancing your brand with a sponsorship at NDIA events, you’ll build a stronger recognition with the audience and stand out from the crowd.  NDIA is always open to custom sponsorship ideas.

Please contact Rebecca Danahy at 703-247-2561 or email to discuss other opportunities.

National DEFENSE magazine: Trusted. Insightful. Relevant.
NDIA Magazine Print Advertisement is a complimentary way to promote your brand at specific NDIA events.  Every attendee receives a copy of the most current National Defense publication when they register onsite. Your advertisement will reach the targeted audience at the event, as well as magazine subscribers.

A highly regarded news source for defense professionals in government and industry, National Defense offers insight and analysis on defense programs, policy, business, science and technology. Special reports by expert journalists focus on defense budgets, military tactics, doctrine and strategy.

The ads are a great way to promote new products or to say, “Come visit us at this event.”
Contact Dino Pignotti, NDIA Vice President for Advertising at or 703-

Ferguson Award

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The National Defense Industrial Association’s Lt Gen Thomas R. Ferguson, Jr. Systems Engineering Excellence Award was established in 2003 to honor the memory of Lt Gen Thomas R. Ferguson, Jr., USAF, whose leadership embodied the highest ideals in Defense Systems development and deployment.

The award is given to an individual and to a group demonstrating outstanding achievement in the practical application of Systems Engineering principles, promotion of robust systems engineering principles throughout the organization, or effective systems engineering process development. Their systems engineering contributions should have demonstrably helped achieve significant cost savings due to new or enhanced processes procedures and/or concepts, increased mission capabilities, or substantially increased performance.

The Awards will be presented at NDIA’s Annual Systems Engineering Conference, held October 28-31, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

Nominations are to be submitted to the Rebecca Danahy at or (703)247-2561 by July 31, 2013. Selection will be made by a committee from NDIA’s Systems Engineering Division. Recipients will be notified by September 1, 2013.

In the event there should not be a qualified candidate in the opinion of the committee, an award will not be bestowed.

Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

NDIA POC: Rebecca Danahy, or (703) 247-2561.


Affiliate Associations

The Association for Enterprise Information    National Training and Simulation Association    Precision Strike Association    Women in Defense