Acquisitions Role in Tactics Development
Naval Air Systems Command (PMA 265) Patuxent River United States
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What role should the acquisition, development, test, and evaluation communities play in tactics development There are numerous tactics development centers of excellence in all the military services. For example, naval aviation currently has the Naval Strike Air Warfare Center, Top Gun, the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron, and operational test and evaluation squadrons that play a role in providing tactical guidance and recommendations to the fleet. Is there a placeor needfor the acquisition community to involve itself in operational tactics development Yes The complexities of systems the Department of Defense is currently fielding are such that early development of employment guidance is essential for satisfactory achievement of initial operational capability. For example, the FA-18 and EA-18G Program Office has recently fielded the active electronically scanned array radar and will be fielding future systems such as infrared search and track, the distributed targeting processor, and the EA-18G Growler. Those systems, and many others being developed throughout the military services, are substantially changing the way DoD employs weapons systems, and they are demonstrating greater processing power and rapid technology advancement. It often takes significant time to fully understand the systems and their provided capabilities and determine how best to use them.