Successful strategies for achieving reliability requirements in weapon systems acquisition
Thorne, James M.
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S costs and increasing the effectiveness of the soldiers. Many programs have had difficulty achieving their required reliability. Operational Testing data gathered by the Army Test and Evaluation Command indicates a decreasing trend in achieving reliability requirements with more than 80% failing to achieve requirements. It is intuitive that it would be even more difficult to achieve ultra-reliability, a higher level of reliability and a proposed goal of the Future Combat Systems Program. To determine what successful practices should be used to achieve reliability requirements, we should look to successful programs to show us the way. To that end, this exploratory study questions successful Army programs for practices, recommendations, and lessons learned, that could be shared with other programs to achieve reliability requirements. If we are unsuccessful in our endeavors to improve reliability achievement, future forces will be unnecessarily burdened by our mistakes and incapable of progress to achieving the Objective Force.
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