An analysis of testing risks : a strategy for mitigation
Mousseau, Albert G.
Owen, Walter E.
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The Department of Defense is continuously trying to improve the product development effort for its weapon systems. As the complexity of those systems increases, so does the importance of the test and evaluation process. All Services have been victims of poor performance in the independent Operational Evaluation of their respective weapon systems. With the drive to deliver products rapidly to the Warfighter, the prospect for success in Operational Test is reduced. Years of neglect and funding reductions have resulted in a decaying test infrastructure. The acquisition community's failure to consistently apply lessons learned and best business practices ensures repeating the mistakes. The US Navy is embarking on an aggressive six-year development effort to retrofit the aging High speed Anti-Radiation Missile with advanced technology and net-centric enabling systems. This Sea Power 21 weapon will require a test strategy that can effectively verify and evaluate product maturity before independent operational testing. Applying best business practices, lessons learned, and understanding the current state of affairs with respect to the range infrastructure, the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Test and Evaluation Integrated Product Team can develop a test approach to mitigate the risk of operational test failure.
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