Taught by former Director of Live Fire for DOT&E, Mr. James F. O’Bryon, this 3-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 three 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.