The Effects of Two Carlucci Initiatives Concurrency and Streamlining, on the Test and Evaluation Phase of System Acquisitions,
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND WASHINGTON DC
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The first acquisition of a major weapons system for the U.S. Government started with the authorization for the procurement of six large frigates by the U.S. War Department in 1794. Seventeen months later six keels were laid but only three of the frigates were built due to schedule slippage and cost overruns. In more recent times, centering around World War II, the mode of acquisition was to develop, test, and produce aircraft almost simultaneously, the resulting aircraft were delivered only to falter at the front lines with deficiencies that restricted full operational use. Subsequent to WWII, the testing of development models was done under phase testing followed by category testing, the U.S. Navy calling the test periods in category testing Navy Preliminary Evaluation NPE. Operational test was to be included but faults were found in the approach to operational suitability testing. Of more concern, however, was acquisition concurrency between the production capacity build up and the testing process. The result was production efficiency early in development but system deliveries occurred before completion of testing. Deficiencies found as the result of testing could not always be incorporated in the early production systems and restrictions on operations were placed on the aircraft as they were fielded.
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