The New Developmental Test and Evaluation and the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC DEVELOPMENTAL TEST AND EVALUATION
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Over the last 15 years, multiple studies on Test and Evaluation TE in the acquisition life cycle have consistently found that the Department of Defense DoD needs earlier involvement and more effective use of TE, especially Developmental TE DTE in acquisition programs. In recognition of this, and in an effort to increase systems engineering capabilities, improve cost estimating, and better assess technological maturity, in 2009, Congress enacted the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act WSARA, now Public Law 111-23. Its stated purpose was to improve the organization and procedures for the acquisition of major weapon systems S.454, 2009. Senator Carl Levin stated while introducing the WSARA bill, The key to successful acquisition programs is getting things right from the start with sound systems engineering, cost-estimating and developmental testing early in the program cycle Weapon 2009.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods