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An Advanced Distributed Simulation Inclusive Test Planning Methodology.

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The methodology described in this paper is couched in terms of operational test and evaluation OTE. But, as OTE moves left on the acquisition timeline and as new systems demand ever more complex test environments, the process can benefit Development Test and Evaluation DTE as well. Historically, OTE planners have had to live with severe test asset and cost limitations. As a result, the tendency during test concept development has been to analyze the operating environment from the bottom up. Typically, the process involved identifying the set of entities in the operating environment which has direct interaction with the system under test and culling that group down to a minimum set. The historical approach resulted in a consistent collection of test limitations which are found in test report after test report, e.g., insufficient numbers and types of targets insufficient numbers and types of friendly players and inadequate representation of command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets on friendly and opposing sides. The advantage, at the cost of test limitations, of the historical approach to test concept development and planning was that uncontrolled variables were kept to a minimum, and cause and effect relationships were relatively straightforward. That was not a trivial advantage, but it was an advantage for the analysts not the system under test SUT users. In combat operations the users sometimes found that factors not included in operational testing had significant bearing on the ability of a system to do its intended job.

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  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

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