||TEMG: Test and Evaluation Management Guide
1.3 THE T&E CONTRIBUTION AT major milestones
T&E progress is monitored by the Office of the Secretary
of Defense (OSD) throughout the acquisition process. Their oversight extends
to Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) or designated acquisitions.
T&E officials within OSD render independent assessments to the Defense
Acquisition Board (DAB), the Defense Acquisition Executive (DAE), and the
Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) at each system milestone review. These
assessments are based on the following T&E information:
1.3 THE T&E CONTRIBUTION AT MAJOR MILESTONES
The Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP) and more detailed
supporting documents developed by responsible Service
Service test agency reports and briefings;
T&E, Modeling and Simulation (M&S), and data from
other sources such as Service PMs, laboratories, industry developers,
studies, and analyses.
At Milestone B, the OSD T&E assessments reflect an
evaluation of system concepts and technology alternatives using early
performance parameter objectives and thresholds found in an approved
preliminary TEMP. At Milestone C, assessments include an evaluation of
previously executed test plans and test results. At the Full Rate Production
Decision Review (FRPDR), assessments include consideration of the operational
effectiveness and suitability evaluations of weapon systems.
A primary contribution made by T&E is the detection and
reporting of deficiencies that may adversely impact the performance capability
or availability/supportability of a system. A deficiency reporting process is
used throughout the acquisition process to report, evaluate, and track system
deficiencies and to provide the impetus for corrective actions that improve
performance to desired levels.