4. READINESS FOR IOT&E
a. The DoD
Components shall each establish an Operational Test Readiness Process for
programs on the OSD T&E Oversight List, consistent with the following
(1) The process shall include a review
of DT&E results; an assessment of the systemís progress against critical
technical parameters documented in the TEMP; an analysis of identified
technical risks to verify that those risks have been retired during
developmental testing; and a review of the IOT&E entrance criteria
specified in the TEMP. Programs shall provide copies of the DT&E report
and the progress assessment to USD(AT&L) and DOT&E.
(2) At each test readiness review, the
PM shall ensure that the impact of deviations and waivers is considered in
the decision to proceed to the next phase of testing.
DUSD(A&T) shall conduct an independent Assessment of Operational Test
Readiness (AOTR) for all ACAT ID and special interest programs designated by
the USD(AT&L). Each AOTR shall consider the risks associated with the
systemís ability to meet operational suitability and effectiveness goals. This
assessment shall be based on capabilities demonstrated in DT&E and OAs and
criteria described in the TEMP. Where feasible, the AOTR shall be performed in
conjunction with the program's review and reporting activities as described in
subparagraph 4.a.(1) of this Enclosure. The AOTR report shall be provided to
the USD(AT&L), DOT&E, and CAE.
c. The CAE shall
consider the results of the AOTR prior to making a determination of materiel
system readiness for IOT&E.