Building a Reliable Product: Army Reliability Improvement Initiatives
Army Evaluation Center, Army Test and Evaluation Command Aberdeen Proving Ground United States
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The Army is rapidly pursuing new reliability improvement initiatives that support and implement recent Defense Science Board and Department of Defense Reliability Improvement Working Group recommendations. Those initiatives are crucial and are needed now. Army and DoD system reliability values are on a downward turn. Even moderate degradations in system reliability, on the order of 10 percent, equate to billions of dollars in additional costs over the life cycle of a major weapon system. Even more important, warfighters deserve the most reliable and rugged equipment possible. The new Army initiatives will provide an opportunity to improve system reliability, stop the downward spiral, and cost-effectively implement reliability best practices.