The Research, Development & Engineering (RDE) Forum addresses issues and applications of distributed simulation to research, development, and engineering. The Forum focuses on RD&E community experiences with new applications using distributed computing technologies and the implications on interoperability requirements deriving from these applications. The Forum particularly solicits papers that advance the "state of the art" and/or take a position, however controversial; preference is given to papers which can show a specific plan of action or concrete results. Authors targeting papers to the RDE Forum must include, as the final paragraph in their paper and as the final slide in their presentations, a summary of the paper's key findings or concepts and identifying issues for the research, development, and engineering community. We will notify authors whose abstracts are accepted by the RDE Forum that failure to comply with these requirements may result in rejection of their paper.