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 5870 - 17th Annual Systems Engineering Conference 

5870 - 17th Annual Systems Engineering Conference 



Event Number

Event Date

 to 10/30/2014

Event Location
Waterford at Springfield

Event Contact
Ms. Camille Briggs at or 703-247-2570


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 Springfield, VA, October 27-30, 2014. 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 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. Better Buying Power 1.0 and 2.0 provided guidance on increasing efficiencies to “do more, without more”. Systems Engineering is the “umbrella” engineering function that serves as the key integrating function for these initiatives and 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.

Schedule at a Glance

7:00am - 4:00pm Registration, Continental Breakfast
8:00am - 5:00pm Tutorials (6tracks) Optional (additional
fee applies - please see registration information)
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
5:00pm – 6:00pm Networking Reception, Display Area

7:00am - 4:00pm Registration, Continental Breakfast
8:15am - 12:00pm Opening Keynote Addresses, Executive
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 5:00pm Plenary Session Continued
5:00pm - 6:30pm Networking Reception, Display Area

7:00am - 4:00pm Registration, Continental Breakfast
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
8:00am – 5:15pm Technical Program, 6 Parallel Tracks

7:00am- 4:00pm Registration, Continental Breakfast
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
8:00am – 5:15pm Technical Program, 6 Parallel Tracks

Session Topics include:
-- Continued Implications of Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009
-- Early Development Planning 
-- Effective Test & Evaluation
-- Architecture
-- Executive Overview 
-- Systems Engineering Effectiveness
-- Logistics Systems 
-- Keeping Legacy Systems Viable 
-- Integrated Diagnostics
-- Best Practices and Standardization 
-- Modeling & Simulation
-- Test & Evaluation in Systems Engineering
-- Net-Centric Operations
-- Software 
-- Affordable Readiness & Reduction of Total Ownership Cost
-- SE Workforce Development, Education & Training
-- Program Management
-- Technology Maturity Measurement
-- Human Systems Integration
-- Environment, Safety, & Occupational Health (ESOH)

Submit your abstract now to:  




Waterford Springfield
6715 Commerce St.
Springfield, VA 22150-1633
Tel: (703) 719-5700


Courtyard Marriott
6710 Commerce St,
Springfield, VA 22150
Phone: (703) 924-7200
Room rate: $159.00 - To secure the room rate, please mention NDIA when making your reservation.



Register Now Online!

Registration Fees







Allied Government








Industry NDIA Member




Industry Non-NDIA Member




Additional Fees
Tutorials $150
Displays $2,000

To register as U.S. government, federal government, or military please contact Ms. Camille Briggs, at  for registration.


An area will be available for the setup of displays to demonstrate your company or organization’s unique tools or capabilities. Display registration will include 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 permitted, 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.

Display registration forms will be available this summer.


To download, view, print the sponsorship menu for the (5870) Systems Engineering Conference in Springfield, VA please click here.

2014 Ferguson Award

To download/Print/View the nomination form click here.

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 27-30, 2014 at the Waterford in Springfield, VA.

Nominations are to be submitted to Camille Briggs at by August 1, 2014. Selection will be made by a committee from NDIA’s Systems Engineering Division. Recipients will be notified by September 1, 2014. 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: Camille Briggs,  or (703) 247-2570.


Affiliate Associations

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