Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Developmental Test and Evaluation
OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (ACQUISITION TECHNOLOGY AND LOGISTICS) WASHINGTON United States
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A Defense Science Board DSB Task Force on Developmental Test and Evaluation DT and E was convened in the summer of 2007 to investigate the causal factors for the high percentage of programs entering Initial Operational Test and Evaluation IOT and E in recent years which have been evaluated as both not operationally effective and not operationally suitable. The following are the specific issues which the Task Force was asked to assess -Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD organization, roles, and responsibilities for Test and Evaluation oversight. Compare organization, roles, and responsibilities in both DT and E and Operational Test and Evaluation. Recommend changes that may contribute to improve DT and E oversight, and facilitate integrated T and E. -Changes required to establish statutory authority for ODS DT and E oversight. Title 10 United States Code has an OT and E focus, and does not address OSD authority in oversight of DT and E. Recommend changes to Title 10 or other U.S. statues that may improve OSD authority in DT and E oversight. -Many IOT and E failures have been due to lack of operational suitability. Specific problems have been in the materiel readiness sustainment areas of reliability, maintainability, and availability. Recommend improvements in DT and E process to discover suitability problems earlier, and thus improve likelihood of operational suitability in IOT and E.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods