Building More Survivable Defense Systems and More Effective Weapons: A Short Course on LFT&E - Fall 2018

Building More Survivable Defense Systems and More Effective Weapons: A Short Course on LFT&E - Fall 2018
Registration is open to U.S. Citizens ONLY


Event Date: 
September 11, 2018 to September 13, 2018
SURVICE Engineering Company

Course Description

Taught by former Director of Live Fire for DOT&E, Mr. James F. O’Bryon, this three-day, intensive short course takes a multi-faceted look at the legislation, directives, requirements, preparation, and execution of Live Fire Testing and Evaluation (LFT&E)—a statutory requirement for most major defense acquisition programs since 1987.  Discussions cover:

  • A brief history of LFT&E legislation
  • Joint Live Fire Program
  • LFT&E candidacy
  • Preparation of Live Fire Test Plans in the context of the Test and Evaluation Master Plans (TEMPs) 
  • The role of modeling and simulation in LFT&E
  • Pre-test predictions and test assessment
  • Congressional and DoD reporting requirements
  • The role of the LFT&E waiver from full-up system-level testing (including its purpose, implementation, and historical precedents)
  • The role of Battle Damage and Repair in LFT&E
  • Test article realism
  • LFT&E test facilities

Land system vulnerability and lethality for both conventional and unconventional weapons will be discussed however sea and air systems will also be addressed. Heavy emphasis is placed on LFT&E lessons learned and common misunderstandings regarding LFT&E program execution. The course includes lectures, photos, hardware demonstrations, video clips of LFT&E events, group discussions, and exercises.  A realistic case study is also included to enable class groups to apply the concepts presented. Ample time will also permit productive give-and-take between students and instructor. This course has been updated to reflect recent congressional impact on the reorganization and reporting of LFT&E. 

Each student will receive a notebook of presentation materials, excerpts from selected publications, and a certificate of completion.  Students will receive 2.4 CEUs as well as 3 books, including a comprehensive course syllabus with over 1,000 charts and an 800 page book authored by the instructor presenting Live Fire Lessons Learned from nearly 100 systems already completing LFT&E addressing design improvements, casualty reduction techniques, modeling and simulation realism, battle damage repair techniques and test planning as part of the course.  Another hardback book on vulnerability methodology will also be given to each student.

Who Should Attend?

The course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Live Fire T&E requirements and conduct to military and civilian personnel involved in defense acquisition, PMs and contractors involved in weapon-system design and manufacture. Also benefiting:

  • Professionals conducting and overseeing T&E and funding of acquisition programs
  • Military and civilians assessing vulnerability, lethality, and survivability of  defense programs
  • PMs, analysts, and engineers responsible for system RDT&E by Government agencies
  • Engineering centers, R&D labs
  • Defense industry, academia, and test facility managers
Registration Information: 

Seats are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; registration and payment must be submitted before 3 September 2018. 


The registration form for this event has moved to SURVICE Engineering's website. If you have already registered through, all transactions will be forwarded to the SURVICE accounting department. If you chose to be invoiced, please contact Marie Simons to complete your transaction.

Marie Simons
Phone: 410.273.7722

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Class starts at 0800 each day.

Class ends at 1700 on Tuesday and Wednesday and will end at 1600 on Thursday.

4695 Millennium Drive
Belcamp, MD 21017
United States
Phone: 443-360-4600

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Additional Info
About The Instructor

Jim O'Bryon has been involved with DoD testing for over 35 years.  He has a B.S. in Mathematics from King’s College, an M.S. in OR/SA from George Washington University, and an M.S. in electrical engineering from MIT.  His experience includes aeroballistics and weapons effects at the Ballistic Research Laboratories, the Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (where he served as Chief of the Survivability Branch), and in the JTCG/ME Office. From 1986 to 2001, Jim served in senior positions at OSD, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense/Live Fire Testing; Director, Live Fire Testing; Director, Weapon Systems Assessment; and Deputy Director, and OT&E/Live Fire Testing.  He has testified before Congress on several occasions and authored numerous technical publications and over 70 open-literature articles on T&E, survivability, M&S, and related topics.  Jim Chaired the NDIA T&E Division for 21 years and currently serves as a consultant for several clients and a Distinguished Lecturer at DAU, ICAF, DSAM, UT, and the Naval Postgraduate School.