2017 Threat Weapons and Effects Training

2017 Threat Weapons and Effects Training
Registration is open to U.S. Citizens with a Secret Clearance Only


Event Date: 
May 2, 2017 to May 4, 2017

Conflicts and threats have highlighted the need for the survivability of our aircraft and force protection of our troops.  This training will address issues related to the lethality of enemy weapon systems from small caliber munitions to anti-aircraft missiles within the broad considerations of system design and employment.


This annual training is a collaborative effort between the Joint Combat Assessment Team (sponsored by the Joint Aircraft Survivability Program Office),  the Army Research Laboratory, Naval Air Systems Command,  Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, the Missile and Space Intelligence Center, National Ground Intelligence Center, and other agencies.  The training draws information from threat exploitation, live fire testing, and combat experience to provide a complete picture on threat lethality.  Hands-on experience is provided with threat munitions/missiles, test articles, and damaged aircraft hardware. Experienced professionals provide current, relevant information on threat system upgrades, proliferation, and lethality.

Who Should Attend

•  Aviation operations personnel
•  Intelligence professionals
•  Weaponeering staff
•  Individuals dealing with battle damage repair
•  US Government and industry executives
•  Survivability engineers
•  RDT&E professionals
•  Individuals with an interest in threat weapons, intelligence, and aviation survivability

Program Features

•  Current combat assessment reports from the AOR
•  Presentations on current threat lethality and proliferation
•  Discussions on current survivability design effectiveness
•  Live fire demonstration of a wide variety of munitions
               o  Post shot evaluation of damaged hardware
•  Hands-on MANPADS training

Registration Information: 



Seating is limited at the TWE as Hurlburt Field King Auditorium will hold a maximum of 225 personnel.  We can guarantee two seats per unit, with additional seats filled on a first come - first served basis. If your plans change after registration, please notify JCAT so your reserved seat can be made available to another interested party.

There is no registration fee for this event.  

As a convenience, daily morning and afternoon beverages as well as associated food items will be made available by the TWES support team to those attendees that sign up for them. A one-time payment for this service will be collected during registration, but no receipt will be provided. Based on the newly implemented Joint Travel Regulation, this payment must be paid out of the traveler's per diem and cannot be reimbursed as an additional expense.


If for any reason you cannot make the event and must cancel your registration, please let us know as soon as possible, ensuring that someone on the waiting list will be given the opportunity to attend. To cancel your registration please contact Darnell Marbury via email (darnell.marbury@navy.mil). 

Monday Pre-Registration
  • Pre-registration will be from 5pm – 8pm on Monday,  May 01 at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort.
  • Registrants will receive a badge and final program at this time.
  • Late registration will be available one hour prior to conference start time at the Hurlburt Field King Auditorium.  
Tuesday Evening Event

There will be a no host casual social Tuesday evening at Helen Back. Helen Back is located right off of the Fort Walton Beach Boardwalk which is within minutes of the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30pm. If you are interested in attending this event, prepayment will be collected during  registration, no receipt will be provided.  Based on the newly implemented Joint Travel Regulations, this payment must be paid out of the traveler's per diem and cannot be reimbursed as an additional expense. Please indicate on the registration form if you will be attending

Full Training Schedule

Emerging Threats to Aviation with a focus on Russia
UNIFORM OF THE DAY is Working Uniform (ACU, Flight Suit, etc), business casual for civilians
02 MAY 2017 - DAY 1 - TUESDAY
Start Time              End Time     Presentation
0700 0800 Registration/Security Check-In
0800 0830 Introduction /Admin (RDML McInnis/ CAPT Butkis/ LCDR Martin)
0830 0900 Joint Combat Assessment Team - Who We Are (DET B OIC - CDR Toth)
0900 930 JCAT Assessment - Combat Loss, Dealer 54  (CAPT Fehrle)
0930 945 BREAK
0945 1015 JCAT Assessment - INCONUS, TBD (CDR Quackenbush/ LTjg Balaban)
1015 1130 Keynote - Defense and National Security (Dr. Phillip A. Karber)
1130 1145 Eglin Range Brief (Staff)
1145 1245 LUNCH
1245 1300 Board busses, travel to Test Range
1300 1600 Range Tour - Static Events
1600 1630 Return to Hurlburt Theater
1630   End of Training Day
1700 1800 Tri-Service Dailty Meeting (Ramada Inn, meeting room TBD)
1800 UTC Social/Mixer - Helen Back, Okaloosa Island
03 MAY 2017 - DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY
Start Time End Time Presentation
0730 0800 Check-In
0800 0845 Russian Air Defense Artillery - NGIC (Mr. Yury Varshavsky)
0845 0930 Related Russian Concerns - MSIC (Mr. Westenhouse)
0930 945 BREAK
0945 1015 Next Generation Air Defense Systems - NAVAIR (Mr. David Legg)
1015 1045 Cyber Effects on Aircrafts  (Mrs. Kathleen Kuhl)
1045 1130 Joint Strike Fighter SEAD CONOPS OUSD/AT&L (Mr. Colton Dixon)
1130 1230 LUNCH
1245 1300 Board busses, travel to Test Range
1300 1600 Range Tour - DIT Demo (Lt Col ZIEMANN)
1600 1630 Return to Hurlburt Theater
1630   End of Training Day
1700 1800 Tri-Service Dailty Meeting (Ramada Inn, meeting room TBD)
1900 UTC Social/Mixer - Beach BBQ, Ramada Inn
04 MAY 2017 - DAY 3 - THURSDAY                 
Start Time End Time Presentation
0730 0800 Check-In
0800 0900 Stinger Proximity Fusing  (Range)
0900 0930 Warhead Concepts Overview NAVAIR (Mr. Nicholas Albrecht)
0930 945 BREAK
0945 1045 JCAT Lessons Learned NAVAIR (Mr. John Mannion)
1045 1115 JCAT Lessons Learned
1200 1300 LUNCH
    Directed Energy Weapons
    ATF weapons - IED variants and mods
1430 1445 BREAK
1545 1600 Closing Remarks (Staff)
1600   Threat Weapons and Effects Training Seminar Concludes
    Tri-Service Dailty Meeting (Ramada Inn, meeting room TBD)
Eglin, FL
United States
Time and Place:

The 2017 Threat Weapon and Effects Training will take place on both Hurlburt Field and Eglin AFB, FL from Tuesday, May 02 through Thursday, May 04, 2017.  Training briefings will be held in the Hurlburt Field King Auditorium on Hurlburt Field. The Okaloosa Regional Airport (VPS) is adjacent to Eglin AFB and offers several flights daily.  Reduced airfares may be available to/from Pensacola or Panama City, FL which are each about an hour drive from Fort Walton Beach.

For a map of Hurlburt Field, please click here.


The training host hotel is the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort, conveniently located in Fort Walton Beach. A block reservation has been made under the training code TWES. Please contact the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort if you wish to reserve one of the block rooms.


Transportation between the airport, host hotel and Hurlburt Field King Auditorium WILL NOT be provided. Attendees will be responsible for their own transportation. Carpooling is encouraged. Please note the location of visitor parking at the Hurlburt Theater on the next page.  Bus transportation will be provided from Hurlburt Field to the Eglin AFB test ranges to accommodate the live fire demonstrations.

Contractor attendees should expect an extended delay when driving through the entrance to Hurlburt Field.  Please consider carpooling in a DOD member driven vehicle or allow an additional sixty minutes travel time.

Eglin AFB

Eglin AFB, FL 32542

Hurlburt Field

Hamby Pl, Hurlburt Field, FL 32544

Ramada Plaza Beach Resort

1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Security Deadline: 
February 1, 2018

The security classification of the training is SECRET/NOFORN.

No foreign nationals will be in attendance at the training.

To be admitted to the training sessions, submit a JPAS visit request in advance and provide a government issued photo identification on-site. 

POC: Michael Hartell at (937) 255-6546 or Dale Kapis at 937-255-6546


For any other questions or concerns, please contact Darnell Marbury (703) 604-0387.

Additional Info
Note Taking:

A classified notebook will only be provided upon request. Only the classified notebook and final program brochure may be taken into the meeting room. All notes related to the program content must be taken in the classified notebook. You may make certain administrative notes, such as schedule changes and speaker information in your Final Program. No notes of any kind may be taken on any other medium. Classified notebooks will be sent via secure channels to your security department. Please provide a classified mailing address at registration.

Messages will be posted on the TWE Message Board in the auditorium. A message center phone number will be provided at registration.

NOTE: Briefcases, large purses, cell phones, pagers and other electronics are NOT allowed inside the auditorium and must be left outside the auditorium doors. Zip lock bags and a designated table will be provided for own-risk placement of devices.


Appropriate dress for this training is duty uniform for military or business casual for civilians. Range demonstrations currently scheduled for Tuesday will be conducted in field conditions. Weather conditions at the ranges can vary from sunny and dry to rain and mud. Please plan accordingly

Points of Contact: 

Joint Combat Assessment Team
U.S. Air Force
DSN 674.5603  937.904.5603