Concept Development & Experimentation


Concept Development and Experimentation (CD&E) is a process developed by militaries for the application of the scientific method to address the challenge of developing future military capability.

CD&E is a forward-looking systems engineering technique for developing and evaluating new concepts, before committing extensive resources.

Businesses can use CD&E to identify the best solution not only from a technical perspective, but also for possible solutions for challenges involving the organization, policies and procedures, training, and material to achieve significant advances in future operations. CD&E is a way of thinking your way through the future before spending money.

Developing and identifying future-oriented concepts allows one to:

  1. test their validity/feasibility;
  2. take advantage of other studies/experiments conducted; and
  3. save resources and avoid duplication.



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