23rd Annual National Test and Evaluation Conference
NATIONAL DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION ARLINGTON VA ARLINGTON United States
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This National Test and Evaluation Conference is sponsored by NDIAs Test and Evaluation Division in conjunction with NDIA Systems Engineering and Logistics Divisions. The critical issues being addressed and the potential solutions to them impact not only the T and E community but also cut across the disciplines involved with the confluence of Systems Engineering and Logistics. The ability of US combat forces to sustain their warfighting capability is being tested daily in the combat theaters of Iraq and Afghanistan. Some defense leaders contend that sustainment is only succeeding on the backs of maintainers. At a previous NDIA event, a Service Secretary made clear that the nations fighting forces face severe challenges and deserve the best a nation can offer. He identified several shared values fundamental to making resource allocation decisions. The first two, 1 Operational Suitability and 2 Sustainment of deployed systems are the focus of this Conference. The solutions to these issues lie at the intersection of Test and Evaluation, Logistics and Systems Engineering. While Operational Suitability is one of the two most common metrics assessed in DoD Test and Evaluation, Sustainment of Combat Operations and Equipment gets hardly a mention. Yet, its cost exceeds that of Pentagon procurement, and hence must be considered within the Test and Evaluation context as well.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Economics and Cost Analysis