A model for the application of test and evaluation concepts by the air element of the Canadian Forces during the materiel acquisition and support lifecycle

by 1968- Crosby, Troy M.

Abstract (Summary)
Recent experience has proven that the Test and Evaluation (T & E) terms and responsibilities described in Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces policies and orders – particularly those related to the Category flight test system – are poorly understood and frequently in conflict with contemporary approaches to Materiel Acquisition & Support. As a result, financial and airworthiness authorities may not be recognizing the benefits inherent to the timely application of T & E by the Air element of the Canadian Forces during the Materiel Acquisition & Support lifecycle. At the same time, the on-going inconsistent application of T & E is resulting in frustration between T & E agents and project managers, in the inefficient use of resources, and in delays in achieving project objectives. This paper proposes a rationalized model for Air T & E as it relates to the Materiel Acquisition & Support lifecycle. The model has been developed by linking legal requirements and the Department of National Defence accountability framework with T & E concepts that are consistent with current airworthiness and financial management policies, and with Materiel Acquisition & Support milestones. Implementation of these Air T & E concepts will provide clarity and consistency to Materiel Acquisition & Support processes leading to needed operational capability being fielded as quickly and cost effectively as possible; project management staff and Air T & E agents will benefit from a common basis from which to plan T & E activities. Additionally, clarification of the associated roles and responsibilities will focus available resources where they are needed, and when they will have the most consequence. iv
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School:The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

School Location:USA - Tennessee

Source Type:Master's Thesis



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