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Series Description:In 2022 the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E), Office of the Secretary of Defense, published a Strategy Update, which he referred to multiple times in his Annual Report to Congress, describing 5 pillars that will "transform T&E and enable delivery of the world’s most advanced warfighting capabilities at the speed of need."Join us as Dr. Sandra Hobson, Deputy Director, Office of the DOT&E, and her colleagues present this 6-webinar mini-series, providing an overview of the overall Strategy Update followed by a closer look at the individual strategic pillars.July 12, 2023 - Strategy Update and ImplementationJuly 25, 2023 - Test the Way We FightAugust 9, 2023 - Accelerate the Delivery of Weapons that WorkAugust 23, 2023 - Improve the Survivability of the DOD in Contested EnvironmentsSeptember 6, 2023 - Pioneer T&E of Weapon Systems Built to Change Over TimeSeptember 20, 2023 - Fostering an Agile and Enduring T&E Enterprise Workforce
DOT&E’s refocused strategy defines five strategic pillars to deliver on the intent to embrace agile processes and a culture that incentivize collaboration and innovation. With credibility as the guiding principle, it will support the delivery of physical and digital T&E infrastructure solutions that can adequately represent the future operating environment. It will focus on development and delivery of digital tools and processes to support automation, and more integrated T&E in both the development and deployed ecosystems. Lastly, it will foster an agile culture that is practiced by a well-equipped and trained workforce to quicken the pace of innovation.
Dr. Sandra Hobson was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2014 as a Deputy Director in the Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E), within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She is currently responsible for defining and executing strategic initiatives and supporting the development of policy and guidance to meet the test and evaluation demands of the future.
Dr. Hobson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Aerospace Engineering from A. James Clark School of Engineering at University of Maryland. Dr. Hobson is a recipient of the National Fellowship for Exceptional Researcher awarded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and two Secretary of Defense Medals for Meritorious Civilian Service. She currently resides in Virginia with her husband and two German Shepherd Dogs.
Tim Leake, Professor of Test and Evaluation, DAU