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Statistics, Testing, and Defense Acquisition: New Approaches and Methodological Improvements

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Overview

For every weapons system being developed, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) must make a critical decision: Should the system go forward to full-scale production? The answer to that question may involve not only tens of billions of dollars but also the nation's security and military capabilities. In the milestone process used by DOD to answer the basic acquisition question, one component near the end of the process is operational testing, to determine if a system meets the requirements for effectiveness and suitability in realistic battlefield settings. Problems discovered at this stage can cause significant production delays and can necessitate costly system redesign.

This book examines the milestone process, as well as the DOD's entire approach to testing and evaluating defense systems. It brings to the topic of defense acquisition the application of scientific statistical principles and practices.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309065511
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 5/14/1998
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Executive Summary 1
Pt. I Applications of Statistical Principles to Defense Acquisition
1 Introduction 11
2 Operational Testing and System Acquisition 20
3 A New Paradigm for Testing and Evaluation in Defense Acquisition 34
4 Upgrading Statistical Methods for Testing and Evaluation 50
Pt. II Applications of Statistical Methods to Operational Testing
5 Improving Operational Test Planning and Design 63
6 Analyzing and Reporting Test Results 87
7 Assessing Operational Suitability 101
8 Testing Software-Intensive Systems 127
9 Using Modeling and Simulation in Test Design and Evaluation 137
10 Increasing Access to Statistical Expertise for Operational Testing 157
A Case Studies and System Descriptions 167
B Abstracts of Background Papers 191
C A Potential Taxonomy for Operational Tests 194
D Elements of ISO 9000 204
E Glossary and Acronyms 210
References 215
Biographical Sketches of Panel Members and Staff 221
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