Test and evaluation impact of DOD's Office of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation : report to the Honorable William V. Roth and the Honorable Charles E. Grassley, U.S. Senate

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Page 1 - The overall degree of mission accomplishment of a system when used by representative personnel in the environment planned or expected (eg natural, electronic, threat etc.) for operational employment of the system considering organization, doctrine, tactics, survivability, vulnerability, and threat (including countermeasures, initial nuclear weapons effects, nuclear, biological and chemical contamination (NBCC) threats).
Page 1 - The degree to which a system can be placed satisfactorily in field use with consideration given to availability, compatibility, transportability, interoperability, reliability, wartime usage rates, maintainability, safety, human factors, manpower supportability , logistics supportability, documentation, and training requirements.
Page 20 - Defense; (4) coordinate operational testing conducted jointly by more than one military department or defense agency; (5) review and make recommendations to the Secretary of Defense on all budgetary and financial matters relating to operational test and evaluation, including operational test facilities and equipment, in the Department of Defense...
Page 39 - ... reviews and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Defense on all budgetary and financial matters relating to such activities, including operational test facilities and equipment. The Director approves the adequacy of service operational test plans for major programs prior to execution and provides to the Secretary of Defense, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, and...
Page 37 - Chan Director. Special Studies and Evaluation National Security and International Affairs Division US General Accounting Office Washington, DC 20548 Dear Mr. Chan: Attached is the Department of Defense (DoD) response to the General Accounting Office (GAO) draft report, "DoD Animal Research: Controls on Animal Use are Generally Effective But Improvements Are Needed," dated May 2 1 , 1 999 (GAO Code 7 1 30 1 3/OSD Case 1 703-A).
Page 22 - ... requirements for new weapon systems have been overstated. This has led to overstated specifications, which has led to higher cost equipment. Such so-called goldplating has become deeply embedded in our system today. The current streamlining effort in the Defense Department is directed at this problem. Developmental and operational testing have been too divorced, the latter has been undertaken too late in the cycle, and prototypes have been used and tested tar too little.
Page 22 - American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and National Contract Management Association, should develop and encourage increased learning opportunities in effective dispute resolution techniques for representatives of the government and private sector. [54 FR 28967, July 10, 1989] * A Quest for Excellence, Final Report by the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (June 1986).
Page 15 - In reviews of individual weapon systems, we have consistently found that testing and evaluation is generally viewed by the acquisition community as a requirement imposed by outsiders rather than a management tool to identify, evaluate, and reduce risks, and therefore a means to more successful programs. Developers are frustrated by the delays and expense imposed on their programs by what they perceive as overzealous testers.
Page 1 - Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) The field test, under realistic conditions, of any item (or key component) of weapons, equipment, or munitions for the purpose of determining the effectiveness and suitability of the weapons, equipment, or munitions for use in combat by typical military users; and the evaluation of the results of such tests.
Page 35 - Milestones are major decision points for weapons systems. The milestone review process is predicated on the principle that systems advance to higher acquisition phases by demonstrating that they have met prescribed technical specifications and performance thresholds. For all ACAT I programs, a life cycle cost estimate is prepared by the program manager in support of program initiation and all subsequent milestone reviews.

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