1 The U. S. Navy and U. S. Marine Corps call this specific phase of
Operational Testing (OT), Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL). In prior years the
Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) called this particular test the "final
dedicated phase of operational testing prior to Milestone (MS) III."
United States Code, Title 10, Section 2399.
3 Conversations between Dr.
E. Seglie, Science Advisor to the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation
(DOT& E) and Professor R. Reig, Defense Systems Management College (DSMC).
4 Gailey, C. K., Reig, R. W., Weber, W., and George, L. R. (1995). A
Study of the Relationship Between Initial Production Test Articles used in a
System Development Program and the Success of that Program (The DSMC Press,
TR2-95) Fort Belvoir, VA.
5 Each Service has an Operational Test
Activity whose Commander reports directly to the military chief of that Service.
The OTA is independent of the Program Manager and the Developing Agency.
6 Department of Defense (1991). Defense Acquisition Management
Documentation and Reports, Part 17, Selected Acquisition Report (DoD 5000.2-M).
7 Rich, M. & Dews, E. (1986). Improving the Military
Acquisition Process (The RAND Corporation, R-3373-AF/ RC, p. 6). Santa Monica,
8 Drezner, J. A., et al. (1993). An Analysis of Weapon System Cost
Growth (The RAND Corporation, MR-291-AF, p. xiii). Santa Monica, CA.
Gailey, C. K., Reig, R. W., Weber, W., and George, L. R. (1995). A Study of the
Relationship Between Initial Production Test Articles used in a System
Development Program and the Success of that Program (The DSMC Press, TR2-95)
Fort Belvoir, VA.
10 Wiles, J. A. (25 February 1994). Study Group Report
on Evaluation of Electronic System Acquisi-tion, Report to the Under Secretary
of Defense (Acquisition and Technology). Washington, DC.
11 Packard, D.
(30 June 1986). A Quest for Excellence. Final report to the President by the
President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management. p. xxiii. Washington,
12 Mayer, K. R. (1993). The Development of the Advanced Medium-Range
Air-to-Air Missile: A case study of Risk and Reward in Weapon System Acquisition
(The RAND Corporation, N-3620-AF, p. vi).
13 Fox, J. Ronald. The Defense
Management Challenge: Weapons Acquisition. Boston: Harvard Business School
Press, 1988, p. 64.
14 Ibid, p. 72.
15 Ibid, p. 142.
Fox, p. 64.
17 We are indebted to Dr. E. Seglie, Science Advisor to the
DOT& E for this display concept.