The Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force have combined their efforts in preparing this document because of concern over a common problem pervasive in military system acquisitions. Namely, the lack of uniform discipline and rigor in the planning and execution of the Test, Analyze, and Fix (TAAF) process. In varying degrees, both the military and industry are responsible for these problems.
This technical brief provides in a single, concise source document the methods most likely to result in a successful TAAF program. Provided are program management methods, engineering practices, and suggested contract language for the program manager and engineer.
Some TAAF programs have achieved significant reliability growth, some have not; the variability is attributable to the differing approaches and degree of management commitment. Although there are alternatives that might be "best" for your program, the preferred methods described in this pamphlet deserve your consideration.