Test and Evaluation testevaluationimage.jpg We provide our customers with Test and Evaluation expertise to support Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V); Developmental Test & Evaluation (DT&E); Operational Test & Evaluation (OT&E); Interoperability Test & Evaluation; and support to Test Policy and Oversight to deliver credible qualitative and quantitative data on the capabilities and limitations of the system under test, and the risks affecting system cost, development schedule and performance. Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Our IV&V solution provides management with an independent perspective on project activities and promotes early detection of project/product variances and covers the entire spectrum of analyses including the operational environment, hardware, software, interfacing applications, documentation, operators, and users to ensure that the product is well-engineered, and is being developed in accordance with customer requirements. Developmental Test & Evaluation (DT&E) Our DT&E solution verifies that the system’s design is satisfactory and that all technical specifications and contract requirements have been met. Sometimes called Technical Testing, DT&E is usually sponsored by the program office and can be conducted by the government, by the contractor, or may be a mix of both. Operational Test & Evaluation (OT&E) OT&E usually follows DT&E and validates that the system under test can effectively execute its mission in a realistic operational environment when operated by typical operators against representative threats. The difference between DT&E and OT&E is that DT&E verifies that the system is built correctly in accordance with the specification and contract, and OT&E validates that the system can successfully accomplish its mission is a realistic operational environment. Interoperability Testing Interoperability testing often spans DT&E and OT&E and relies on multiple test events conducted by various organizations. The amount and type of testing will vary based on characteristics of the system being evaluated with the ultimate goal of being certified by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC is the ONLY organization that can certify interoperability). With the new acquisition strategies, such as spiral and agile development, testers are involved earlier; this helps the JITC collect information and data to reduce risk and time required for interoperability certification and operational testing or assessments. Test Policy and Oversight Our world-class team supports numerous Department of Defense programs with Test Policy and Oversight to accomplish their missions. The Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) is the principal staff assistant and senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense on operational test and evaluation (OT&E) in the Department of Defense (DoD). DOT&E is responsible for issuing DoD OT&E policy and procedures; reviewing and analyzing the results of OT&E conducted for each major DoD acquisition program; providing independent assessments to the Secretary of Defense, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)); and Congress; making budgetary and financial recommendations to the SecDef regarding OT&E; and overseeing major DoD acquisition programs to ensure OT&E is adequate to confirm operational effectiveness and suitability of the defense system in combat use.