The fundamental purpose of Test & Evaluation (T&E) is to provide knowledge to assist in Risk Management that’s involved in developing, producing, operating, and sustaining systems and capabilities. The T&E process is an integral part of the Systems Engineering Process (SEP) which identifies levels of performance and assists the developer in correcting deficiencies.

T&E provides knowledge of system capabilities and limitations to the acquisition community for use in improving the system performance and optimizing system use and sustainment in operations. T&E enables the Program Manager to learn about limitations (technical or operational), Critical Operational Issues (COI), of the system under development so that they can be resolved prior to production and deployment.

Guide: DoD Test and Evaluation Management Guide, Dec 2012

Guide: Incorporating Test and Evaluation into Department of Defense Acquisition Contracts

Guide: Cybersecurity Test and Evaluation Guidebook – 27 Oct 2015

The main T&E activities conducted during the life-cycle of a system are:

The main T&E reviews conducted during the life-cycle of a system are:

T&E progress is monitored by the The OSD Office of the Director. Operational Test and Evaluation throughout the acquisition of a system and submitted T&E Reports. Their oversight extends to Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs) or designated acquisitions.

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Updated: 7/18/2017


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