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Test and Evaluation Process.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC
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The Air Force needs to ensure the weapons systems it uses, and the systems that support them, meet or exceed operational requirements in terms of effectiveness and suitability and are ready for fielding. To do so, the Air Force conducts realistic, cost-effective, and credible test and evaluation TE programs through all phases of the acquisition and fielding process. This directive establishes policies for the TE process and infrastructure. The Air Force TE process will Through Developmental Test and Evaluation DTE, Qualification Test and Evaluation QTE, including Contractor Testing CT, demonstrate systems feasibility, confirm engineering design and development are complete, minimize design risks, and ensure systems perform as required in their intended environments. DTE and QTE results support weapon system life cycle decisions and certification of the system as ready for dedicated Air Force Initial Operational Test and Evaluation IOTE.
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