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 ad 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.

IEEE AUTOTEST 2014 Call for Papers

IEEE AUTOTEST is an annual Technical Interchange Meeting sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). This year it celebrates 50 years in which it has gathered the military/aerospace automatic test industry together to share new technologies, discuss innovative applications, and exhibit products and services. IEEE AUTOTEST 2014 will be in St. Louis, Missouri, September 15–18, 2014.

The technical program will be determined by the interests of those participants submitting for publication and presenting a high quality technical paper, or organizing a technical session oriented toward an appropriate topic dealing with system readiness, in general, and automatic test technology, in particular. Technical papers are now being solicited, as are proposals for technical sessions, addressing topics such as:

Artificial Intelligence in Test, ATS/TPS Management, BIT/BIST, Closed-Loop Diagnostics, Commercialization of Military Maintenance, Condition-Based Maintenance, Data Acquisition, Diagnostic Maturation, Design-For-Test, Diagnostic Strategies, Fault Tolerant Systems, Future Logistics Approaches, Information Frameworks, Interoperable Test Systems, Maintenance Architectures, Measurement Science and Uncertainty, MEMS Technology, Next Generation Test Systems, Prognostics and Health Management, Remote Diagnostics, Safety Issues, Sensor Technology, Synthetic Instruments, Test Generation, Test Requirements, Test Standards, TPS Transportability, Vehicle Health Management.

Authors are asked to submit a brief 300-500 word abstract for a proposed paper related to one of the topics above. The abstract should identify the problem to be solved, a summary of key results, and a discussion of the main contributions. Authors of accepted abstracts will then be invited to submit a full paper, which should be approximately eight to ten pages in length and identify related literature in the field. Per IEEE regulations, all submitted papers will undergo a peer review for technical content and topical suitability. Session proposals should include proposed papers/presentations and speakers. The closing date for receipt of session proposals and paper abstracts is May 25, 2014. Papers and abstracts should be submitted in electronic form using EDAS at

We will conduct a student paper contest for both graduate and undergraduate student papers within the topic scope. Cash awards of $500 will be presented for the best papers in both categories plus cash awards of $400 for 2nd place papers in both categories. Please pay careful attention to all instructions for manuscript preparation and make sure the paper is identified as either a Graduate or Undergraduate Student Paper when submitting the final paper. In addition, student travel subsidies ranging from $300 to $1000 depending on student location will be provided to as many students as possible.