Test & Evaluation

Test and Evaluation Reports

The Program Manager (PM) is required to provide Test and Evaluation (T&E) reports to OSD T&E for 1) Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E), 2) Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E), and 3) Live-Fire Test and Evaluation (LFT&E).  These reports go to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation and Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) (or as delegated/designated). The reports: [1,2]

  • Should be submitted 45 days before the decision point
  • PM’s will report the results of completed developmental testing to the Milestone Decision Authority (MDA) at Milestones B and C
  • The report will identify the strengths and weaknesses in meeting the warfighters documented needs based on developmental evaluations

1) Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E) Report
For each program on the OSD T&E Oversight list, the DT&E Responsible Test Organization (RTO) should prepare a written report at the completion of the DT&E described in the Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP). The DT&E report will: [1]

  • Provide a historical record of the final test and evaluation results for the system
  • Include the RTO‘s assessment of a system‘s military utility, capabilities and limitations
  • Document the test techniques, procedures, and data analysis concepts
  • Provide data for operating/employment and maintenance manuals for the system
  • Be submitted to the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) for inclusion in their repository

2) Live-Fire Test and Evaluation (LFT&E) Report
The Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) monitors and reviews the LFT&E of each covered system. At the conclusion of LFT&E, the Director prepares an independent assessment report that: [1]

  • Describes the results of the survivability or lethality LFT&E, and
  • Assesses whether the LFT&E was adequate to provide information to decision-makers on potential user casualties and system vulnerability or lethality when the system is employed in combat, and to ensure that knowledge of user casualties and system vulnerabilities or lethality is based on realistic testing, consideration of the validated statement of desired operational capabilities, the expected threat, and susceptibility to attack.

3) Beyond Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Report
To meet the statutory requirements of 10 USC 2399, Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) analyzes the results of IOT&E conducted for each MDAP program. At the conclusion of Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E), the Director prepares a report stating the opinion of the Director as to: [1]

  • Whether the T&E performed were adequate;
  • Whether the results of such T&E confirm that the items or components actually tested are effective and suitable for combat, and
  • Additional information on the operational capabilities of the items or components that the Director considers appropriate based on the testing conducted.

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Updated: 6/5/2018

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