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Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Test and Evaluation

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Final technical rept.

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The Defense Science Board task force on Test and Evaluation was chartered to conduct a broad review of the entire range of activities relating to test and evaluation TE. This included examining new and innovative ways that the TE community can better support its users and to find better ways to integrate operational test into the overall systems development process. The task force was asked to consider the special problem of systems of systems testing. In addition, the task force was to identify and quantify the current and future needs of the Departments TE capability and resources, and recommend specific and quantified changes to those capabilities and resources. To perform this review the task force examined facilities, processes, policies, contractor testing, government development testing, joint TE, and operational TE, both before and after full production and in the continuing evolution of force capability. The focus of the task force examination was on the TE part of the acquisition process. The task force formed sub-panels to focus on particular subjects related to TE. These sub-panels studied requirements determination in the TE process, the developmental testing and operational testing DTOT process, the role of modeling and simulation in TE, and facility reengineering. The task force also looked at special issues affecting TE including TE for Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations ACTDs, TE of Commercial Off the Shelf COTS software, TE of Software, and TE of Systems of Systems. Each of these sub-panels developed a set of findings and recommendations to improve the TE process.

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  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

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