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DOT&E Releases FY 2013 Annual Report

Missile TestsThe Office of the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) released yesterday its FY 2013 annual report. The report provides an overview of the operational effectiveness and suitability of DoD defense systems and acquisition programs over the past year, separated by respective DoD department.

Sections of this report include the following: DOT&E Activity and Oversight, DoD Programs, Army Programs, Navy Programs, Air Force Programs, Ballistic Missile Defense Programs, Live Fire Test and Evaluation (LFT&E) Program, Information Assurance (IA) and Interoperability (IOP), Test and Evaluation Resources, Joint Test and Evaluation (JT&E), Center for Countermeasures, and Index of Programs.

While DOT&E Director J. Michael Gilmore notes that "significant progress" has been made in testing and evaluation processes in 2013, he maintains that further improvements can be made in the coming year. A few of his recommendations for further improvement include "conducting data analysis commensurate with DOE [U.S. Department of Energy] design", "employing advanced [analysis] methods", and "improving the use of surveys in OT&E" for proper evaluation of systems.

This report covers a vast array of programs and systems but each review section has specific implications for different DoD departments and stakeholders. For a more in-depth look into these implications, check out the following links: