Accession Number:

ADA169088

Title:

Proceedings of the Electronic Test Equipment Symposium Held in Arlington, Virginia on 13-14 November 1980.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AMERICAN DEFENSE PREPAREDNESS ASSOCIATION ARLINGTON VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

60.0

Abstract:

Commercial electronic test equipment ETE are essential to the maintenance and readiness of our complex weapons systems. They are central to one of the major problems facing our operational forces. We have developed sophisticated weapon systems and trained our armed forces to operate and maintain them. However, shortages of both people and spares have resulted in low levels of force readiness. The rapid growth in weapons technology when coupled with a larger turnover rate in military personnel makes maintenance and repair of our equipment in the field extremely difficult. The shortage of qualified operating and maintenance personnel creates a challenge that can best be met by the application of technology to defense posture. The annual DoD expenditures for automatic test equipment ATE along exceeds 3 billions dollars. This vast expenditure is primarily due to the fact that present ATE is developed virtually as a unique item for each specialized need. Furthermore, automatic test equipment have had maintainability problems, poor fault duplication and incorrect fault diagnosis record. However, with all these problems, the potential savings in life cycle cost of weapon systems could be enormous if even a small percentage saving is achieved in these programs, making ATE among the highest in potential return on investment within DoD programs.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE