34th Annual National Test and Evaluation Conference

  • 5/14/2019 - 5/16/2019
  • Emerald Coast Convention Center
    1250 Miracle Strip Parkway SE
    Fort Walton Beach,  FL  32548
    Tel: 850-609-3800
  • Theme : Modernized T&E: Critical Enabler of the National Defense Strategy
    Event Type : Conference
    Event Code : 9910


National Defense StrategySuccess no longer goes to the country that develops a new technology first, but rather to the one that better integrates it and adapts its way of fighting.
 - National Defense Strategy

"The currency of today’s strategic competition is technology."
- Mary Miller, Principal Deputy to the Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology

Maintaining technological superiority requires we adopt advanced capabilities faster than our near-peer competitors. To do that, we need to modernize our test and evaluation capabilities.  At this conference, senior leaders will discuss their plans, strategies and funding allocations to accomplish this essential part of the mission.  Learn first-hand what OSD and the services are doing, discover new opportunities, and network directly with other experts.  You will get up-to-date views on national test ranges and resources from TRMC and how capabilities focused T&E will change the game.   Get the most current views on test challenges for innovative, agile and data-driven capabilities combining T&E and V&V processes.

Keynote Speaker

Hon. Robert F. Behler
Director Operational Test and Evaluation



TRMC Director

James Faist

James Faist
Director, Test Management Resource Center, Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Advanced Capabilities, OUSD (R&E)



Air Force Test Center Commander

 Brig Gen Azzano

Brig Gen Christopher P. Azzano
Commander, Air Force Test Center


Go on Tour!

NDIA arranged a tour to the Eglin Air Force Base for Thursday, May 16.  Please visit the Eglin Air force Base tour page for more information, and to reserve transportation to the base.

This Tour is for US Citizens Only!

Conference Theme

Modernized T&E: Critical Enabler of the National Defense Strategy

The theme of the 2019 conference will focus on the role of DT&E and OT&E as keys to achieving competitive military advantages. The National Defense Strategy (NDS) calls on the Defense community to continuously deliver performance with affordability and speed, and to pursue urgent change at significant scale and at the speed of relevance to support the Warfighter.  Modernized T&E faces challenges (process, technological, and cross-domain complexity) in enabling the NDS, through effective, efficient and timely Developmental and Operational Testing (DT & OT) of weapon system.

Conference Highlights

  • Presentations by senior T&E leaders from the Army, DHS, DOT&E, and more! 
  • Walter Hollis Award for Lifetime Achievement Luncheon
  • Tester of the Year Award Luncheon
  • Panel discussions on military applications of autonomy, artificial intelligence, and machine learning
  • Guided tour of Eglin AFB



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