Building More Survivable Defense Systems and More Effective Weapons: A Short Course on LFT&E – Spring 2020

March 24, 2020 - March 26, 2020

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*** Given the rapidly-evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC and DoD directives to restrict travel and large gatherings, a Short Course on LFT&E – Spring 2020 has been postponed. We will reschedule the short course for later in 2020 (date and location TBD). ***

Taught by former Director of Live Fire for DOT&E, Mr. James F. O’Bryon, this 3-day, intensive short course takes a multifaceted 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.

More than 99% of the 1,100 civilian and military personnel, engineers (both contractors and government), test planners, vulnerability/lethality analysts, M&S developers, instrumentation technicians, program managers, test range operators, and related analysts who completed this training gave the following rating:  “I would recommend this training to my coworkers.”


  • 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 and air system vulnerability and lethality for both conventional and unconventional weapons will be discussed; however, sea systems will also be addressed. Heavy emphasis will be 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.


  • Lessons learned from live fire testing the survivability and lethality of air, land, and sea systems to achieve better survivability design, increased weapons lethality, casualty reduction, battle damage repair, M&S adequacy, LFT&E strategy preparation, assessment of both ballistic and non-ballistic weapons effects (lasers, RF, DEW, cyber, AI, etc.).
  • A new LFT&E system oversight list and Pentagon and IDA points of contact
  • A full 350-page updated syllabus distributed to each student
  • A hardcopy textbook on aircraft survivability
  • An 800-page book on lessons learned from the 100+ systems already completing LFT&E
  • More than 30 short videos of various LFT&E testing
  • 2.4 CEUs awarded by INCOSE to students who successfully complete this unique training

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