Tutorial Descriptions

Tutorial 1: U.S. Export Controls Over Technology – 2019 Updates and Current Trends

Ms. Reeves focuses her law practice on regulatory compliance under U.S. export controls and federal firearms laws and regulations.  This tutorial will review current law and regulation governing exports of technology from the U.S., including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations of the U.S. Department of State, and the Commerce Department’s Export Administration Regulations. Ms. Reeves will walk through how to identify controlled information and how to determine the applicable regulatory regime and license requirements for exporting controlled technology.

Tutorial 2: Intelligence Integration into Capability

Acquisitions: The U.S DoD and Service capability development process continues to evolve to provide more rapid, responsive acquisition. Recent on-going consideration of effective intelligence integration into how requirements are identified and translated into engineering specifications will be discussed. Innovation in providing intelligence support in a digital environment will be included.

Tutorial 3: Middle Tier Acquisition – Section 804

Section 804 of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on the Middle Tier of Acquisition (MTA) provides new authorities for rapid prototyping and rapid fielding in a period of 2 – 5 years, with MTA programs being exempt from both JCIDS and DOD Directive 5000.01. This session will focus on how programs are implementing the Middle Tier of Acquisition, the challenges they are facing, and the way ahead with Governance. 

Tutorial 4: Industrial Base Cyber Risk and Protection 

Cybersecurity within the Industrial Base is an area requiring attention of all companies.  Implementation of DFARS 252.204-712 on contracts is increasing, as is the intent to use scorecards to rate contractor performance as criteria for continued contract awards.  The focus topics include; a) protection of company intellectual property, b) protection of operating procedures; c) compliance with DOD contract requirements; and d) personnel security. NDIA has members with established expertise among industry which will be shared and approach to industrial cybersecurity outlined.

Tutorial 5: What Gun and Ammunition Design Needs to Know About Case-Chamber Interaction

Arrow Tech Associates, Jeff Siewert will present an in-depth tutorial addressing the design and functional relationship between ammunition cartridge case and the weapon chamber parameters. The tutorial will cover small caliber, cannon caliber, and large caliber ammunition/weapon interfaces. The types of problems, issues and related approaches to ensure reliable function under a variety of operating conditions will be discussed. Modeling and simulation techniques, material properties, and design approaches will be considered.  This tutorial will benefit system, weapon and ammunition developer and manufacturers.

Tutorial 6:  Evolving Platform and Armament System Integration:

The integration of  armament systems on land, sea, air, vertical lift, and related platforms requires a multi-disciplined systems engineering approach to realize the desired combat capability and readiness. This tutorial will discuss the considerations, factors, and design features which are addressed as armaments are selected, complementary enablers ( recoil management, fire control, sights, size, caliber, feed/storage etc.) and integration evolved. Topics will address both platform characteristics and armament types, calibers, and capabilities.  The goal is a discussion of design/performance trade-ffs with  a systems engineering focus ensuring evolution of the desired combat capability.

Platform, armament, enabler, and ammunition experts will participate as panelists and dialogue with attendees. This tutorial relevant to the multiple manned, unmanned, vertical lift platforms currently evolving in each service.

Tutorial 7: Artificial Intelligence

This tutorial will focus on practical applications of artificial intelligence (AI) to armament systems.  Technical topics include machine learning (ML), neural networks, computer-augmented decision-making, cooperative intelligence, swarming systems, AI hardware and software, and robotics.  The session will provide definitions of basic concepts and technologies at the forefront of AI today, as well as glimpses of potential future trends in the field.  Also included is a discussion on the technical skillsets that companies should cultivate when preparing to enter into this field.  No prior knowledge of artificial intelligence or machine learning is necessary.

Tutorial 8: Foreign Comparative Testing Overview   

The Purpose of the FCT Program is to find and evaluate foreign technologies, products, or military equipment that has the potential to meet U.S. needs.  In fulfilling this mission, FCT continues to be a uniquely successful mechanism to facilitate U.S. government-to-foreign industry collaboration and foster a two-way street in defense spending between the United States and its allies. 


Tutorial 9: Intellectual Property Objectives, Criteria and Approaches

Join NDIA Senior Vice-President of Strategy and Policy Wes Hallman and Director of Regulatory Policy Corbin Evans to hear updates relating to federal contracting intellectual property policy and discuss these changes with your fellow members of the defense industrial base. The ownership of intellectual property has extraordinary impact on sustainment costs to government and downstream revenue opportunities for industry.  From the 813 panel report released last December to the Army’s updated IP policy developed by Dr. Ross, there have been a number of proposed and implemented changes in the realm of IP that have the potential to impact contractors. Join us to discuss these changes and how we can ensure that government adopts fair and balanced policies that assures the health of the defense industry.