1.3.1 T&E Contributions Prior to milestone B
1.3.1 T&E Contributions Prior to Milestone B
During Concept Refinement (CR) and Technology Development (TD)
activities prior to Milestone B, laboratory testing and M&S are conducted
by the contractors and the development agency to demonstrate and assess the
capabilities of key subsystems and components. The test and simulation designs
are based on the operational needs documented in the Initial Capabilities
Document (ICD). Studies, analyses, simulation, and test data are used by the
development agency to explore and evaluate alternative concepts proposed to
satisfy the userís needs. Also during this period, the Operational Test Agency
(OTA) monitors CR and TD activities to gather information for future T&E
planning and to provide effectiveness and suitability input desired by the PM.
The OTA also conducts Early Operational Assessments (EOAs), as feasible, to
assess the operational impact of candidate technical approaches and to assist
in selecting preferred alternative system concepts.
The development agency prepares the Technology Development
Strategy (TDS) with its early T&E strategy for Development Test and
Evaluation (DT&E) and M&S. The TDS presents T&E plans for system
design(s) engineering and performance evaluations. The OTA may provide an EOA.
This information is incorporated into the PMís TEMP that documents the
programís T&E strategy that supports the Milestone B decision to proceed
to the next phase.