Defense Science Board Task Force on Developmental Test and Evaluation
OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR ACQUISITION TECHNOLOGY AND LOGISTICS WASHINGTON DC
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A Defense Science Board DSB Task Force on Developmental Test and Evaluation DTE was convened in the summer of 2007 to investigate the causal factors for the high percentage of programs entering Initial Operational Test and Evaluation IOTE in recent years which have been evaluated as both not operationally effective and not operationally suitable. The following are the specific issues which the Task Force was asked to assess 1 Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD organization, roles, and responsibilities for Test and Evaluation TE oversight. Compare organization, roles, and responsibilities in both DTE and Operational Test and Evaluation OTE. Recommend changes that may contribute to improved DTE oversight, and facilitate integrated TE. 2 Changes required to establish statutory authority for OSD DTE oversight. Title 10 United States Code USC has an OTE focus, and does not address OSD authority in oversight of DTE. Recommend changes to Title 10 or other U.S. statutes that may improve OSD authority in DTE oversight. 3 Many IOTE failures have been due to lack of operational suitability. Specific problems have been in the materiel readiness sustainment areas of reliability, maintainability, and availability. Recommend improvements in DTE process to discover suitability problems earlier, and thus improve likelihood of operational suitability in IOTE. In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of systems not meeting suitability requirements during IOTE. Reliability, Availability and Maintainability RAM deficiencies comprise the primary shortfall areas. DoD IOTE results from 2001 to 2006 are summarized in Figures 1 through 3. These charts graphically depict the high suitability failure rates during IOTE resulting from RAM deficiencies. Figure 4 is a comparison of Army systems that met or did not meet reliability requirements.
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