Accession Number:



Adapting Air Force Test and Evaluation to Emerging System Needs Abstract

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Other]

Corporate Author:


Personal Author(s):

Report Date:


Pagination or Media Count:



The Air Force owns and operates an extensive network of facilities for developmental and operational test and evaluation T and E. This study addressed the characteristics of emerging systems that will place new demands on T and E capabilities and their underlying key drivers. These characteristics include complex, software-defined capabilities cyber vulnerabilities autonomous and self-learning systems and the need to operate in advanced threat environments, which make emerging systems fundamentally different from current and past systems, requiring significant changes in T and E. Technical solutions to address T and E of these emerging systems include integrated use of modeling and simulation, software and cyber design-for-test, test data analytics, and trust metrics for non-deterministic systems. Additional non-technical solutions include T and E integration into the Air Forces Developmental Planning process and addressing T and E workforce and skill sets. Above all, T and E is a cradle-to-grave consideration. From the beginning of concept definition, through development, developmental and operational test, and throughout the life cycle of any weapon system, there must be a process to allow for the recognition of deficiencies that arise due to hardware, software, or the environment and the mitigation of these deficiencies in a timely, cost-effective manner.

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]