I believe the fundamental purpose of T and E is to enable successful acquisitions of enhanced capabilities for the warfighter. Ive chosen those words carefully.T and E is an enabling process. It is not a question of who does what, but a question of so whatthat is, once the test is done, regardless of by whom, are we confident that the new capability will improve something for the warfighters To be an enabler in acquisition, we need a model for T and E that is holistic, in which every test event is a shared resource of all stakeholders, regardless of when it occurs, with one purpose in mind To answer the so what question. Our model must de-emphasize the who and emphasize the what. The following paragraphs discuss a way to get there from here.