Event Date/Time: Apr 11, 2006
End Date/Time: Apr 13, 2006
This concept of Testing In A Joint Environment was forged out of the need to improve joint warfighting capabilities. Through a joint interoperability test command, rigorous testing and evaluations are conducted. Thorough testing of weapons, supporting systems and all resources is critical in order to accrue a leaner, more dominant and aggressive warfighting posture. Joint testing encompasses all arms of the Services and occasionally Coalition Partners. To accomplish a true, dedicated and focused fighting machine, present force structure, doctrine, acquisition processes and operating procedures would be revised and tested in a joint environment. Testing In A Joint Environment is the established road map resulting from a dedicated programme of collaboration between the Forces, industry and other interested agencies, in order to achieve a cost effective, proficient, military fighting force. This collaborative road map forges the way ahead for effective interoperability, command, control and communications in peace and wartime. This joint testing domain will enable all Service testing facilities to be operating in such a manner that would ultimately produce significant dividends, in the battlespace by the improvement of product quality and function, reduction in technical risks and an enhancement of performance assessments. There is a strong business case for the priority development of the core connecting infrastructure capability that will enable Testing In A Joint Environment. The proficiency derived from joint testing will undoubtedly be measurable during operations and in a peacetime environment, by the improved and noticeable capabilities of Forces to operate conjointly. Denial of Testing In A Joint Environment would impact negatively on the Forces multi-faceted operations. The benefits of Testing In A Joint Environment will be seen in the reduced lead-time for which new acquisitions could be brought into full operational service. There would be accelerated achievement in areas such a force transformation and capability. The roadmap provides a continuous route of universal capability for all acquisition programs, including Service-specific acquisition programs. It promotes full development and deployment of a persistent, robust distributed test system to link a large number of diverse resources that will enable joint operating environments and provide essential tools for systems engineering, testing, training and experimentation. This overarching capability is the linchpin required for Testing In A Joint Environment.
The Services acknowledge the value, benefits and dividends of Testing In A Joint Environment, in all areas of operations, including engineering, training exercises and experimentation.
The conference will focus on the tactics and technologies in place as well as future developments, plans and initiatives in Testing in A Joint Environment. It will place much emphasis also on requirements, present and future military requirements and civilian strategy, tactics and capabilities in operating in a joint, collaborative, integrated environment, in theater and in peacetime. Within the confines of this forum, there will be updates covering acquisition processes, evaluation, and testing and in-service introduction of resources. The important role played by industry experts in fostering a joint testing culture will be a feature of the conference also. Global experts from a wide cross section of interested professions will share operational experiences on Testing In A Joint Environment. Strategists, planners, solution providers and seekers will be afforded a wealth of networking opportunities at this forum.
Major General John J "Jack" Catton Jr, Requirements Director, US AIR FORCE.
Major General Bob Du Laney, Director, Air & Space Operations, US AIR FORCE.
Rear Admiral Walter Mark Skinner, Commander, NAVAIR Speed Command, US NAVY.
Brigadier General Chris T Anzalone, Deputy Director, Test & Assessment, Missile Defense Agency, US AIR FORCE.