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Testing of Defense Systems in an Evolutionary Acquisition Environment
ORGANIZATION OF THE REPORT
The rest of the report is organized as follows. Following this introduction, Chapter 2 addresses the role of testing and evaluation, broadly speaking, in contributing to evolutionary system development. Chapter 3 examines efficient strategies for test design and analysis by combining information in the context of staged system development. Chapter 4 addresses changes in the process and culture and infrastructure changes that are needed to support a more effective implementation of evolutionary acquisition, and in particular the methods proposed in Chapters 2 and 3.
Appendix A is an overview of the current single-stage milestone development process used in DoD. Appendix B provides more technical details in support of Chapter 3. Appendix C examines the special case of software development methods in the context of evolutionary acquisition. Appendix D presents the workshop agenda and the attendees. Appendix E presents biographical sketches of committee members and staff. Box 1-1 is a list of acronyms and abbreviations related to the topics of this report.
Box 1-1 Acronyms and Abbreviations
acquisition category I
advanced concept technology demonstrations
analysis of alternatives
acquisition program baselines
advanced technology demonstrations
Center for Naval Analyses
Committee on National Statistics
U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Director of Operational Testing and Evaluation
full operating capability
full rate production
initial operating conditions
initial operational test and evaluation
low rate initial production
Office of the Secretary of Defense
parametric operational situation
research, development, test, and evaluation
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics