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What is the definition of a defect
8/24/2017 11:10:00 AM
Question: What is the precise definition of a defect as the government is concerned, and what is the reference?
Answer: Although the word "defect" appears numerous times in the FAR, DFARS and also MIL-STD-961E with Change 1, it is NEVER defined specifically. However, we managed to find a solid definition with a solid reference in ...(More)
System Functional Hazard Review
8/4/2017 12:09:00 PM
Question: What is a "System Functional Hazard Review"?
Answer: You have identified paragraph A12.1.8 of Air Force Manual 63-119, Certification of System Readiness for Dedicated Operational Testing. The Functional Hazard Analysis ...(More)
Work Completion Date and Funds Expiration Date
7/31/2017 11:59:00 AM
Question: Is the command governed by the WCD to complete testing or can testing continue after the WCD because the Funds Expiration date is still valid? If we need to have the WCD extended, can you provide guidance,. I've searched DOD FMR chapter 11, to no avail.
Answer: Your question revolves around the necessity of having a work completion date extended based on the WCD and the funds expiration date on reimbursable funding. RDT&E appropriation has a 2 year period of ...(More)
TEMP and Detailed Test Plans
7/19/2017 6:11:00 PM
Question: Is it appropriate to include detailed test plans within a TEMP?
Answer: Currently there is no requirement in current TEMP guidance from OSD, DOT&E or the Army to specifically include Detailed Test Plans (DTP) within a Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP). However, nor is there ...(More)
Are Ammunition Data Cards Required on Test Articles
7/6/2017 2:46:00 PM
Question: Does the contractor need to submit an ADC for the SGM?
Answer: The answer is ...(More)
SE Involvement during an Operational Test
7/6/2017 12:05:00 PM
Question: Is the LSE allowed to be present with the OTA team during an OT&E event?
Answer: The DoD Test & Evaluation Management Guide, 6th Edition, Dec 2012 contains the following information in Chapter 3 - Program Office Responsibilities for Test and Evaluation, 3.9 PMO Involvement ccording to DODI 5000.02, Incorporating Change 2, Effective February 2, 2017, Enclosure 1, Table 1. Description and Decision Authority for ACAT I – III Programs, for an ACAT II program, the Decision Authority is the “CAE or the individual designated by the CAE”. Further down in ...(More)
Component Acquisition Executive Approval
7/3/2017 2:26:00 PM
Question: Does a Test and Evaluation Master Plan document require the Component Acquisition Executive (CAE) approval on the document?
Answer: According to DODI 5000.02, Incorporating Change 2, Effective February 2, 2017, Enclosure 1, Table 1. Description and Decision Authority for ACAT I – III Programs, for an ACAT II program, the Decision Authority is the “CAE or the individual designated by the CAE”.
Further down in ...(More)
Scope of requirements in Performance Specification
6/15/2017 12:10:00 PM
Question: A new system (equipment) is specified using a System Performance Specification (SPS). Can requirements for test capabilities be included in the SPS if they can be stated as performance requirements? (e.g. The system shall operate in all modes and states from externally applied ground power and cooling when enabled from the control interface.) Is there a more explicit template or definition of what can be put into a performance specification than SD15 or MIL-STD-961E? Are performance specifications limited to only specify warfighter operational requirements and cannot include necessary capabilities to support T&E?
Answer: Here is our take on your questions. As in most of the processes we use in DoD Acquisition, the anser is "it depends." This is our best shot at providing guidance to you on the subject. Please ...(More)
Verification Method Definitions
4/4/2017 3:29:00 PM
Question: Is there one accepted definition (with reference) that is acceptable for formal documentation, or is it up to the PMO to use the one we think is best?
Answer: Defense Specifications, including Program Unique (Systems, Product, and Software) Specifications, are formatted in accordance with MIL-STD-961, Defense Specifications. As such, MIL-STD-961 provides official "standard" definitions as follows: ...(More)
TEMP vs TES what is the difference?
2/7/2017 11:57:00 AM
Question: I have heard of the art of tailoring program documentation and that some level of it can be done through using a TES rather than a TEMP - what are these, how extensive are they, and how much time is saved by performing one vice the other? Further - are there any other methods of saving ti ...(More)