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Otande Jsf Test August 2012

Otande Jsf Test August 2012

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OPERATIONAL
TEST
ANDEVALUATION
OFFICE
OF
THE
SECRETARY
OF
DEFENSE
1700
DEFENSEPENTAGON
WASHINGTON,
DC
20301-1700
AUG
212012
MEMORANDUM
FOR
UNDERSECRETARY
OF
DEFENSE
FOR
ACQUISITION,
TECHNOLOGY
ANDLOGISTICS
JOINTSTRIKEFIGHTERPROGRAMEXECUTIVEOFFICER
COMMANDER,
AIR
FORCEOPERATIONALTEST
AND
EVALUATION
CENTER
COMMANDER,OPERATIONAL
TEST
ANDEVALUATION
FORCE
SUBJECT:
F-35
TestandEvaluationMasterPlan
ThepurposeofthismemorandumistoinformyouoftheconcernsIhaveregardingthecontentofthelatestversionofRevision4oftheF-35TestandEvaluationMasterPlan(TEMP)beingpreparedforcoordinationtosupportthe7SeptemberreviewoftheJointStrikeFighter
(JSF)programbytheDefenseAcquisitionBoard.
Thetestresourcesandplansneededtoaddresstheissuesexplainedindetailinmy
February3,2012memorandumregardingJSFelectronicwarfarecapabilities(andthose
of
otherongoingandfutureaircraftprograms)havebeenprovidedtotheJSFprogramoffice;however,programofficestaffhaveindicatedspecification
of
theseresourcesmay
beexcludedfromthedraft
of
theTEMPtransmittedforreviewandapprovalbytheServices.IwillnotapproveaTEMPthatlacksspecification
of
thesecriticaltest
resources.
Thecost
of
executingtheoperationaltestandevaluation(OT&E)sequencecontainedin
thedraftTEMPhasbeenreducedsignificantlyrelativetoestimatesprovidedataJoint
Operational
TestTeam
ExecutiveCommitteemeetinglastmonth,apparentlytomeetthe
budgetconstraintprovidedbytheJSFprogramoffice.Untilthedetails
of
thechanges
areprovidedtomeandreviewedindependentlybymyofficetoassuretheyare
reasonable,IwillnotapprovetheTEMP.Theplansforandcontent
of
testingmustbe
determinedbythedatathatneedtobeobtainedtosupportacomprehensiveandrigorous
operationalevaluation—notbybudgettargetssetbytheprogramoffice.Overlap
of
developmentaltestingwiththestart
of
operationaltestactivity-includingspin-upfortheBlock2Band3Foperationalevaluations-remainsaconcern.AsstatedintheapprovalmemoIsignedforRevision3
of
theTEMP,whateveroverlapoccurs
must
notprecludethe
achievement
of
theentrancecriteriafor
OT&E
contained
inthe
TEMPpriortotheoperationaltestreadinessreview.Further,toassureinfeasibleoverlap
of
developmentalandoperationaltestingdoesnotoccur,the
TEMP
must
containclear
entrycriteriaforthestart
of
each
of
thespin-upperiods.Althoughitmaybepossibleto
conductsomecertificationactivitiesduringthespin-upperiods,Iwillnotapprovea
TEMP
thatimposes
unrealistic
and
unachievable
schedule
riskon
the
conduct
of
OT&E.
w

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