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DHS Operational Information Technology (IT) Subsystems Roundtable

Executive Summary from the Roundtable Event Plan

This event plan is a single source document for the 25-26 August 2021 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Strategic Test and Evaluation (T&E) Roundtable regarding Operational Information Technology (IT) Subsystems. The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Homeland Security Community of Best Practices (HS CoBP) will host the roundtable. Before the roundtable, experts from academia, industry, and government will nominate journals, articles, presentations, and the like to share and prepare all participants for strategic T&E discussions.

The purpose of the strategic T&E roundtable is to build a national community of IT, T&E, acquisition, and operation experts from academia, industry, and government to anticipate the T&E of future IT technologies in emerging DHS operational systems. To achieve this purpose in two-days, the roundtable will pursue two overarching knowledge-capture objectives:

  1. Benchmarking: On day-1 of the roundtable, presentations and discussions will a) establish a baseline technical understanding of operational IT subsystem requirements in current/future operational systems; and b) establish an understanding of today’s operational IT subsystem requirements by reviewing the functional and performance requirements that likely informed past T&E strategies

  2. Brainstorming: On Day-2 of the roundtable, participants will begin strategic brainstorming sessions to a) postulate on what operational IT subsystem requirements might look like in future DHS operational systems (3-10 years out); and b) hypothesize on what strategic and tactical T&E strategies are missing today (needed tomorrow) to support effective testing and credible analyses

Following the roundtable, the HS CoBP Strategic Technology Roundtables Advancing T&E Team (STRAT Team) at the AFIT will periodically reach back to the new community of experts as the team identifies potential research initiatives necessary to envision and author innovative T&E best practices ahead of the development/deployment of new IT subsystems. More IT subsystem roundtable events may be necessary to explore niche topics. In general, the roundtable outcomes are:

  1. Build a community across academia, industry and government
  2. Identify research challenges to determine initiatives for funding
  3. Establish a first step in development of T&E best practices 

In tandem with the development of T&E best practices after the roundtable, The HS CoBP Team will author an authoritative “T&E Operational IT Guidebook” for DHS acquisition test teams to reference, while creating and executing future T&E strategies. All research publications and work products will be made available at https://www.afit.edu/HSCOBP/.

 

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