Second Biennial National Forum on Weapon System Effectiveness (The Weapon System as)

Venue: Applied Physics Laboratory

Location: Laurel, Maryland, United States

Event Date/Time: Mar 27, 2001 End Date/Time: Mar 29, 2001
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Technical paper abstracts are solicited for the Second National Forum on Weapon System Effectiveness. The conference is sponsored by the AIAA Weapon System Effectiveness Technical Committee, with participation by the Ground Test and Flight Test Technical Committees, and is intended to be a forum to discuss the complex nature of entire weapon systems and the engineering decisions that must be made to produce an effective and successful weapon system.

System trades must be performed during the entire weapon system conceptualization, design, and development process to ensure maximum effectiveness versus cost of both production and maintenance. Both testing and simulations must be structured into the design process to produce an effective weapon in a cost-efficient manner. The tests and demonstrations during design must be representative of how a weapon system is to be used in operation.

The Forum, which is directed toward weapons engineers, scientists, technical managers, program managers, and policymakers, will build upon the topics that were presented at the inaugural conference. A range of weapon systems viewed in their entirety, as displayed by special sessions already scheduled on "Infantry as a System" and "Ground Combat Vehicles as a System," will be emphasized. In addition, there will be special opportunities for policymakers to discuss the role of weapon system effectiveness assessments and weapon acquisition and force structure.

Although the conference, itself, is classified, both classified and unclassified papers will be accepted on the following topics:

Ballistic missile defense as a system
Test and evaluation of missile defense systems
Test and evaluation of offensive missiles and aircraft
Ships as a weapon system
Naval platforms for missile defense
Infantry as a weapon system: ballistics, sensors, and armor
Ground vehicles as a weapon system: armament, sensors, and armor
Lasers for BMD, electric guns, and other advanced weapons
Testing methodologies applied to weapon system effectiveness
Modeling and simulation methodologies applied to weapon system effectiveness
Role of scale models in test and evaluation
New and emerging test and evaluation capabilities
Integration of ground test, flight test, and numerical simulation in system evaluation
Requirements versus capabilities of ground test facilities to assess weapon effectiveness
Instrumentation and sensors for test and evaluation
Novel modeling and simulation techniques for assessing effectiveness
Interaction of performance criteria with production and maintenance cost
Beginning on June 22, 2000, abstracts for this conference will be submitted electronically through AIAA's Web site All technical abstracts should be UNCLASSIFIED and approximately 500-750 words. The system enables files to be uploaded in the following formats: Word, WordPerfect, Text, RTF, and PDF. The abstract submission deadline is 6 September 2000. Authors will be notified of paper acceptance by 4 November 2000. An Author's Kit, containing detailed instructions and guidelines for submitting papers to AIAA, will be made available to authors of accepted papers.

Authors are strongly encouraged to prepare unclassified (but export controlled) papers that are due 15 January 2001. All unclassified papers will be available in a conference proceedings collection, which will be distributed at the conference. In some cases, an author may believe that his or her paper needs to be classified and that an unclassified version of the paper cannot be prepared for inclusion in the conference proceedings. In such cases, the paper will be published by and made available through the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) only, and individuals desiring a copy of such a paper will need to go through the DTIC's procedures.

A "no paper, no podium" policy will be in effect for the conference. Authors who do not meet the publication deadline for the bound proceedings will be expected to bring 100 copies of their papers for distribution to conference attendees. AIAA will not consider for presentation or publication any paper that has been presented or published or is currently under consideration for presentation or publication elsewhere. Authors will be required to sign a statement to this effect.

Warning--Technology Transfer Considerations
Prospective authors are reminded that technology transfer guidelines have substantially extended the time required for review of abstracts and completed papers by U.S. government agencies. Internal (company) plus external (government) review can consume 16 weeks or more. All reviews are the responsibility of the author. Authors should determine the extent of approval necessary early in the paper preparation process to preclude paper withdrawals and late submissions.

Honorary Chair
Mr. James F. O'Bryon
Deputy Director Operational Test and Evaluation
Office of the Secretary of Defense

General Chair
Dr. James D. Walker
Southwest Research Institute
P.O. Box 28510
San Antonio, TX 78228-0510
210/522-2051 -- 210/522-6290 fax

Technical Program Chair
Mr. Donald S. Stevenson
Boeing Rocketdyne Division
6633 Canoga Avenue
Canoga Park, CA 91303-2703
818/586-2907 -- 818/586-0044 fax

Administrative Chair
Mr. Richard H. Keith
Applied Physics Laboratory
The Johns Hopkins University
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD 20723-6099
240/228-8726 -- 240/228-8240 fax

Past Conference Chair
Dr. Tobenette Holtz
TRW, Inc.


Applied Physics Laboratory, The Johns Hopkins University, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, Maryland
United States