Gateway to the next 50 years of Automated Test

Representatives from the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps and the USAF have signed up for this year's event, including US DoD Depots, and major program offices.
Representatives from the International customer community will also be in attendance

Items of Interest 
- DoD ATS Panel Session will follow the Keynote address on Tuesday
- "Naval Aviation ATS Future Strategies" Invited Paper Session on Wednesday

The Navy will build on its Automatic Test Systems Roadmap provided during the DoD Opening Plenary Session to provide greater details on its plans to sundown the 20 year old CASS Test System and replace it with the modern replacement eCASS Test System.  This session will provide briefings from several of the CASS Family of Tester’s experts, addressing topics like the final major changes planned to CASS, eCASS description and planning, Family Member “Convergence”, and TPS “Migration” from CASS to eCASS, as well as standards used or needed.

Featuring the following papers:
"CASS Sundown and CASS FoT convergence" 
Sam Winters (NAVAIR ATS PM) & Matt Morgan (NAVAIR ATS Eng.)
"eCASS Sunrise" 
Sean Demme (NAVAIR ATS PM) & Joe Mikolaj (NAVAIR ATS Eng.)
"OTPS Migration" 
Jose Cifredo (NAVAIR ATS Eng.) & Tony Conard (NAVAIR ATS PM)
"Standards, Interoperability and Future TPS Development Environments" 
Bob Fox (NAVAIR ATS Eng.) & Mike Malesich (NAVAIR ATS Eng.)


Special announcement on US Military/government conference attendance rules

The HON Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition Technology & Logistics, issued a guidance memorandum to all DoD departments and agencies on February 20, 2014 urging DoD commands "to give appropriate consideration to the importance of attendance at technical symposia and conferences that enhance communication between DoD acquisition professionals and their industry counterparts."
This memorandum was issued to attempt to restore some of the critical interchange that military and government officials conduct with their industry counterparts during attendance at select conferences and symposia such as IEEE AUTOTEST. In HON Kendall's memorandum, he recognizes that "the Department (of Defense) is the largest single employer of scientists and engineers in the United States. Maintaining professional currency is an important part of this investment in human capital." HON Kendall further states, "Science and technology (S&T) conferences and symposia, at which technical data and information is exchanged, are potentially beneficial both for maintaining technical competence and for the professional development of DoD scientists and engineers."
IEEE AUTOTEST clearly falls within this definition of the types of conferences and symposia that HON Kendall is urging DoD employees to attend, where there is a technical relationship with data interchange that has suffered over the past two years.
HON Kendall urges military commands and government organizations to distribute the guidance memorandum throughout their organizations, and we provide the full guidance memorandum here to assist you in understanding that DoD military and government personnel will be allowed to attend events such as conferences and symposia that meet the criteria, such as IEEE AUTOTEST.


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When: 15 September 2014, 07:30 – 17:00
Where: St. Louis Convention Center, 701 Convention Plaza, MO