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The Original Director for Test and Evaluation

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Office of the Secretary of Defense Washington United States

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In the May-June 2013 issue of Defense AT and L magazine, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall authored an article titled The Original Better Buying PowerDavid Packard Acquisition Rules 1971. Packards fifth acquisition rule was fly before you buythe underpinnings of test and evaluation T and E. I thought it might be interesting to look at another challenge that then Deputy Secretary of Defense David Packard confronted in 1971 what to do about test and evaluation in the Department of Defense DoD. The original Director for Test and Evaluation created by David Packard was a DT and E with broad responsibilities for all T and E matters in the DoD. Todays DT and E is focused only on Developmental Test and Evaluation. This article provides a brief snapshot into the challenges involved in forming the first DT and E office in the Pentagon and its evolution into the DT and E office today.

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