Missile Defense Agency Target Requirements and Certification Process
MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY WASHINGTON DC
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Over the last decade, considerable emphasis has been placed on tighter control over the quality and fidelity of test targets being used by Major Defense Acquisition Programs MDAPs. To this end, the Target Verification, Validation and Accreditation VVA process was developed. The VVA process was designed to ensure that any target under development could trace its physical and signature characteristics and kinematic behavior to detailed, intelligence community-blessed threat specifications. As a target was developed, specification tracking focused on how well the target matched the threat definitions. This often affected the programs ability to conduct an effective test program, especially when the very real constraints of safety, range and treaty limitations were taken into consideration as a program approached its actual test period. The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization BMDO, as an organization charged with orchestrating various service-executed MDAPs, followed this strict measure of adherence to threat representation in its management of the test targets program.
- Guided Missiles
- Target Direction, Range and Position Finding