DSMC POC: Test and Evaluation Department; (703) 805-2887
Test and Evaluation (T&E) is a process by
which a system or components are compared against requirements and
specifications through testing. The results are evaluated to assess progress
of design, performance, supportability, etc.
Beyond Low Rate Initial Production (BLRIP) Report: Completed by the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) to assess the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) for major defense acquisition programs for the FRP Decision Review. A copy is provided to the Congress.
Combined Developmental and Operational Testing (DT/OT): Combining DT and OT is encouraged to achieve time and cost savings. The combined approach shall not compromise either DT or OT objectives. A final independent phase of IOT&E shall still be required for Acquisition Category (ACAT) I and II programs for Beyond Low Rate Initial Production (BLRIP) decisions.
Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E): A technical test conducted to provide data on the achievability of critical system performance parameters. This testing is performed on components, subsystems, and system-level configurations of hardware and software.
Evaluation Strategy: a
description of how the capabilities in the Mission Need Statement (MNS) will
be evaluated once the system is developed. The Evaluation Strategy shall be approved by the DOT&E and the cognizant Overarching Integrated Product Team (OIPT) team leader 180 days after Milestone A approval. The Evaluation Strategy will evolve into the Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP) which is first due at Milestone B.
Follow-On OT&E (FOT&E): OT& E needed during and after
the production phase to refine estimates from the IOT& E, to evaluate
system changes, and
to reevaluate the system as it continues to mature in
the field. FOT& E may evaluate system performance against new threats or
in new environments.
Full-Up Live Fire T&E (LFT&E): A system-level live fire test
of an ACAT I or II covered system, that is required before going BLRIP.
Initial Operational T&E (IOT&E): All OT& E that is
conducted on production or production representative articles to support the
decision to proceed
BLRIP. It is conducted to provide a valid estimate of
expected system operational effectiveness and suitability for ACAT I and II
Lethality T&E: Testing the ability of munitions to
cause damage that will cause a loss or a degradation in the ability of a target
system to complete its designated missions.
Live Fire Test and Evaluation (LFT&E) Report: Completed by the DOT&E for ACAT I and
II systems that have been subjected to a full-up live fire test prior to Full Rate Production (FRP) Decision
Review. Usually included in the DOT&E report of the IOT&E (BLRIP report) when sent
to the Congress.
Modification T&E: Testing done after FRP Decision Review to
evaluate modifications/upgrades/improvements to the system.
Operational Assessment (OA): An evaluation of operational
effectiveness and suitability made by an independent operational test agency,
with user support as required, on other than production systems. An OA
conducted prior to Milestone B is called an Early Operational Assessment
Operational T&E (OT&E): The field test, under realistic
combat conditions, of any item (or key component of), weapons, equipment, or
munitions for the purpose of determining the effectiveness and suitability for
use in combat by typical military users, and the evaluation of the results of
such test. Required for ACAT I and II programs.
Production Acceptance T&E (PAT&E): T&E of
production items demonstrate that items procured fulfill the requirements and
specifications of the procuring contract or agreements.
Production Qualification T&E (PQT&E): A technical test
conducted to ensure the effectiveness of the manufacturing process, equipment,
and procedures. These tests are conducted on a number of samples taken at
random from the first production lot and are repeated if the design or process
is changed significantly.
Qualification Testing: Testing that verifies the contractor's design
and manufacturing process and provides a performance parameter baseline for
subsequent tests. (Best Practice)
Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP): The testing strategy in the
TEMP for ACAT I and IA programs shall focus on the overall structure, major
elements, and objectives of the test and evaluation program that is consistent
with the acquisition strategy.
Testing a system or component to determine if it
suffers definite degradation as a result of having been subjected to
a certain level of effects in an unnatural, hostile environment. A subset of