One acquisition process at a time

One acquisition process at a time

From the standpoint of ASA(ALT)’s test and evaluation unit, there’s a better way to support test and evaluation events, one that would directly improve operational readiness. by Ms. Laura Pegher, Mr. Adam Bussey and Ms. Amber Dufour In an acquisition environment concerned with all things cost, schedule and performance, logistics and product testing historically have tended to be an afterthought or overlooked altogether. The Army places a high priority on validating performance requirements in various developmental and operational tests, but acquisition test events such as the logistics demonstration (log demo) and verification of the technical manual often take a back seat. Based on historical data, the U.S. Army Forces Command […]

Tested by austerity

Tested by austerity

Forced by budget constraints to reduce costs, ATEC is applying a comprehensive strategy across developmental and operational testing, incorporating Soldier participation and feedback early in the process for better data. By Col. Stephen Lutsky, Ms. Alicia Thomas and Mr. Michael Dillen Just as the equipment of yesterday will not meet the needs of tomorrow, nor will the traditional way of conducting the test and evaluation (T&E) mission. As the Army continues to focus on modernization and postures to meet the needs of Force 2025, the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC), the Army’s independent T&E component, must be ready to test and evaluate the systems that will provide America’s […]

Killing the ‘Creep’

Killing the ‘Creep’

JLTV’s competitive prototyping effort fills a gap in the light tactical vehicle fleet while preventing test creep by bringing together stakeholders to eliminate unplanned, unfunded requirements By LTC Misty L. Martin, Ms. Danielle Wayda, Mr. Steve Martin and Mr. Josh The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program is one of the first to implement DOD’s competitive prototyping policy. Established in 2007, the policy stipulates that two or more competing original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) must produce prototypes to reduce risk, maximize performance, decrease costs and synchronize requirements. Simply put, this means that in addition to the normal test objectives and issues, all JLTV OEM vehicle prototypes were required to be tested […]