The Use of Advanced Warfighting Experiments to Support Acquisition Decisions
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This research effort focused on the use of Advanced Warfighting Experiments AWEs to support acquisition decisions. Specifically, the thesis evaluated the effectiveness of the Army Task Force XXI AWE in providing information to support investment decisions and refinement of requirements for information age technologies. A detailed analysis of the 1997 Operational Test and Evaluation Command OFTEC Live Experiment Assessment Report identified program developmental recommendations. Data were collected from appropriate program offices and user representatives to determine the perceived utility of the recommendations and level of implementation. Qualitative data detailing why specific recommendations were or were not implemented were used to determine the contributing factors to a programs ability to benefit from participation in the experiment. Overall, fifty-two percent of the OPTEC recommendations were reported as either fully or mostly implemented. Other potential benefits of AWE participation were identified to include 1 marketing and exposure of program, 2 refinement of user requirements, and 3 information on integration, interfaces, and interoperabilty. Risks from participation in the 4WE included 1 a poor return on investment, 2 potential negative exposure, and 3 extensive changes in requirements.
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