Transforming Joint Test and Evaluation Mindsets and Processes: Acquisition II
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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Over the past few decades, there have been numerous catchphrases describing visions for reform in the acquisition community. Commercial-off-the- Shelf Procurement Cost as an Independent Variable, Situation-Based Acquisition, and Spiral Development are just a few. The latest such buzzword to hit the Department of Defense is Transformation. According to General Richard B. Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, transformation deals more with mindsets and processes than technologies and hardware. Certainly there have been numerous celebrated transformational technologies over the years the machine gun, the tank, and aircraft - especially stealth - are three prime examples. So how can we incorporate this latest buzzword into the acquisition world, and more specifically into test and evaluation In this paper Ill offer some suggestions on how to apply transformation to test and evaluation mindsets and processes especially as they relate to the joint world. Ill tell some test stories about things I think need to be fixed based on my ten years as an F-16 test pilot. Ill also present some broader examples from the Department of Defense headlines to help support my points. Keep in mind that the ultimate objective of the acquisition process IS to provide the best and most capable weapon systems to our operational forces. Although, the quote at the top of this page comes from the Blue Ribbon Defense Panel Report concluded over 30 years ago, unfortunately there is still some truth to it today. While we have an established Joint Test and Evaluation JTE program, there are numerous intellectual and cultural obstacles that must be overcome in order to make it effective and efficient. But first a brief background on JTE - is origin, set up, purpose, and current projects.
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