Better Assessment of Operational Suitability. Volume 1
LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST BETHESDA MD
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Fielding operationally suitable systems is a prime objective of the Defense acquisition system. An operationally suitable weapon system is one that is available for combat when needed, is reliable enough to accomplish the mission, operates satisfactorily with service personnel and other systems, and does not impose an undue burden on the logistics system in peacetime or wartime. Operational testing and evaluation OT and E is required to evaluate the effectiveness and suitability of major systems before the full-rate production decision. We compared OT and E results with field experience for seven systems fielded over the last six years. This review showed strengths and weaknesses in the treatment of suitability. While OT and E is often a reasonable predictor of operational suitability in the field, there are several areas in which the implementation of existing acquisition policy could be improved significantly. Volume I presents the findings from the case studies, conclusions about the causes of the problems, and recommendations for improving suitability assessment. Volume II presents the details of the case studies.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies