FY2012 Annual Report for Director Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E)
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WASHINGTON DC OPERATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION
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Since my confirmation as Director of Operational Test and Evaluation DOTE in 2009, I have implemented initiatives to improve the quality of test and evaluation TE within the Department of Defense. I have emphasized early engagement of testers in the requirements process, improving system suitability by designing reliability into systems from the outset, and integrating developmental, operational, and live fire testing. Implementing these initiatives has revealed the need for an additional area of focus the requirement to incorporate statistical rigor in planning, executing, and evaluating the results of testing. There are significant opportunities to improve the efficiency and the outcomes of testing by increasing interactions between the testing and requirements communities. In particular, there should be early focus on the development of operationally relevant, technically feasible, and testable requirements. In this Introduction, I discuss the crucial role the TE community can and should play as requirements are developed. Additionally, I describe DOTE efforts to institutionalize the use of statistical rigor as part of determining requirements and in TE. I also provide an update on the Department s efforts to implement reliability growth planning and improve the reliability and overall suitability of our weapon systems. And lastly, I describe challenges and new developments in the area of software TE.
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