How Funding and Policy Affect Access to and Modernization of Major Air Force Ground Test Infrastructure Assets
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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Funding and use policies, modernization processes, and a lack of coordination between technology developers, system developers, program offices, and test organizations all negatively impact the ability of the national developmental test infrastructures ability to support early engineering and development of weapon systems. Accurate, timely world-class test capabilities are critical, because the results affect the ability of programs to be completed successfully. For programs to benefit, testing must be accomplished in a timely manner and the test capability must be capable of meeting the technical needs of the development program. The adequacy of this capability and throughput capacity depend heavily upon funding and use policies. Funding and use policies hamper effective collaboration between developers and testers and restrict the coordination of future test requirements. These policies can be modified to improve test facility capability and capacity. It is important to implement these changes so that the Air Force department can save time and money while improving the performance of national technology and weapon systems programs.
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