A comparative analysis of developmental test and evaluation in the United States Army
Aragon, Arthur J.
Hoivik, Thomas H.
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The purpose of this thesis is to explore and identify key problems in Developmental Testing and Evaluation (DT&E) in the United States Army. A comparative analysis of several programs is conducted to determine common developmental testing problems. These problems are analyzed and a set of conclusions and recommendations for future testing is developed. The thesis provides the reader with a current understanding of the Department of Defense (DoD) test structure, its relationship to the acquisition process, and the Department of the Army test agencies involved in Developmental Test and Evaluation. The agencies identified five common categories of problems across seven systems. These systems included: the Abrams Main Battle Tank Block II upgrade (M1A2); the Javelin, a man portable antitank weapon, (AAWS-M); Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS); the Avenger, a mounted Air Defense system, the Kiowa Warrior, an armed scout helicopter; the Maneuver Control System (MCS), command and control system; and the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). The thesis concludes by providing recommendations to help future testers, evaluators and program managers to better prepare for DT&E in the acquisition life cycle
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