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:


Test their validity/feasibility;


Take advantage of other studies/experiments conducted; and


Save resources and avoid duplication.