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Annual Report To Congress The Foreign Comparative Testing Program Fiscal Year 1996.

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The Foreign Comparative Testing FCT Program responds to a growing awareness of the potential value of using nondevelopmental items to accelerate the acquisition process and cut rising development costs. Authorized by Congress in 1989, the FCT Program consolidated two earlier programs the Foreign Weapons Evaluation FWE Program and NATO Comparative Test NCT Program widely known as NATO side-by-side testing. The FCT Program tests and evaluates nondevelopmental defense equipment produced by allies and other friendly countries to determine whether these items satisfy Department of Defense DoD requirements or address mission area shortcomings. The objectives are to reduce Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation RDTE expenditures by- Enhancing standardization and interoperability Improving cooperative support Promoting competition and Eliminating unnecessary duplication. The Services Army, Navy, Air Force and USSOCOM nominate candidate projects to the Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD for FCT funding consideration each year. The OSD Staff screens the proposals to ensure that 1 the proposed nondevelopmental item addresses valid requirements, 2 thorough market surveys were conducted to identify all potential contenders, and 3 the sponsoring organizations have developed viable acquisition strategies. The highest priority for funding is given to projects where there is an intent to procure if the item meets requirements and provides best value. The lowest priority is given to projects that evaluate foreign technologies where there is no intent to procure after the evaluation. After the OSD Staff evaluates and prioritizes the candidate proposals, Congress is notified of OSDs intent to provide the Services and USSOCOM FCT funds for approved new projects and any projects continuing from prior years.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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