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US Air Force Test and Evaluation Days conference set for Feb. 2-4

Nashville conference's theme is 'assessing the strategic posture of the Air Force T&E enterprise'

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

January 21, 2010 - Reston, Va. - The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold the U.S. Air Force T&E Days Conference 2010, February 2-4 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center, Nashville, Tenn. The conference is hosted by the Arnold Engineering Development Center and AIAA.

The conference's general chair, Maj. Gen. David W. Eidsaune, states: "The T&E Days 2010 conference brings together test and evaluation professionals from academia, industry, and the military to focus on the implementation of the T&E Enterprise concept throughout the Air Force. Through a dynamic blend of panels, work groups, concurrent technical sessions, and key note speakers, participants will develop ways to boost program efficiency and the nation's war-winning capabilities. This event is a 'must-attend' event for everyone working in the test and evaluation field."

Keynote speakers for the conference include: Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, chief of staff, U.S. Air Force; Maj. Gen. David W. Eidsaune, director, air, space, and information operations, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command; John T. Manclark, director, test and evaluation, Headquarters U.S. Air Force; and Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, deputy chief of staff, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.

The conference will also feature two particularly noteworthy panels on February 2:

  • "Acquisition Excellence," moderated by Maj. Gen. Stephen Sargeant, commander, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, and featuring: Maj. Gen. David W. Eidsaune; Maj. Gen. Charles R. Davis, commander, Air Armament Center, and the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons, Air Force Materiel Command, Eglin Air Force Base; Maj. Gen. Jay H. Lindell, director, global power programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force; Maj. Gen. David J. Scott, director, operational capability requirements, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force; Maj. Gen. Thomas K. Andersen, director of requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base; and Brig. Gen. James E. "Woody" Haywood, director of requirements, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base.

  • "The Time for High Speed Weapons," moderated by Dr. Mark Lewis, Willis Young Professor and chair of the Department of Aerospace at the University of Maryland, College Park, Md., and featuring: Maj. Gen. Curtis M. Bedke, commander, US Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base; Natalie Crawford, RAND Corp.; John Foulkes, deputy director, Test Resource Management Center, and Dr. Richard Hallion, former US Air Force historian.


The T&E Days 2010 Conference is supported by the Air Force Flight Test Center; the 46th Test Wing at the Air Armament Center; the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center; the Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Development and Test Wing; the Air Force Materiel Command; the Air Combat Command; the Air Force Research Laboratory; and the Air Mobility Command. The conference's sponsors are Jacobs Technology and the Aerospace Testing Alliance.

For more information on the 2010 U.S. Air Force T&E Days Conference, visit or contact Duane Hyland at 703.264.7558 or Media registration for credentialed members of the press is complimentary.

AIAA is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 500, Reston, VA 20191-4344
Phone: 703.264.7558 Fax: 703.264.7551

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