SERC TALKS “How is T&E Transforming to Adequately Assess DOD Systems in Complex Operating Environments?”
Speaker: Dr. Sandra Hobson, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Emerging Technologies, Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Abstract: The Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) is senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense on operational test and evaluation (OT&E) and live fire test and evaluation (LFT&E) in the Department of Defense (DoD). Ultimately, the office of DOT&E is responsible for ensuring testing is adequate to confirm operational effectiveness, suitability, survivability, and lethality of defense systems in combat use. The technologies we are testing today and will in the future require that we rethink classical approaches to T&E. As the National Defense Strategy notes, “We cannot expect success fighting tomorrow’s conflicts with yesterday’s weapons or equipment.” Similarly, we need to modernizing T&E assessment tools, infrastructure, and expertise. In this talk, I will discuss the critical role DOT&E plays in ensuring we provide systems that work to our warfighters. I will discussion how the DOT&E Science and Technology Strategic Plan is focusing on making advancements in current T&E CONOPS in the technology areas of Software, Cybersecurity, and Next-Generation capabilities. I will also discuss the need for an integrated T&E lifecycle and how digital transformation plays a key role in changing how we do business. Finally, transformation will require us to engage the T&E workforce in education and training on new methods. New partnerships with communities pioneering new methods (to including the SERC network in academia) will assist in our transformation.
This is the final Talk of the three-part series on "Test and Evaluation" curated and moderated by: Dr. Laura Freeman, SERC Research Council Member, Virginia Tech.