Test and Evaluation (T&E) Initiatives

On 24 November 2009, the new Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E), Dr. J. Michael Gilmour, issued a 5-page Memorandum that outlined his expectation that each individual in DOT&E will work to provide rigorous, objective, and clear information supporting the following initiatives:

  • Field new capability rapidly
  • Engage early to improve requirements
  • Integrate developmental, live fire, and operational testing
  • Substantially improve suitability before Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (lOT&E)

The Memorandum expands on the last bullet to place explicit and forceful emphasis on proactive and robust reliability program and reliability growth/software failure profile assessments prior to Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E).

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