AIR FORCE - AFI 99-103
CAPABILITIES-BASED TEST AND EVALUATION
|Publication Date:||18 November 2019|
Purpose of Test and Evaluation.
The purpose of test and evaluation is to ensure DoD acquires systems that work and meet specified requirements. Additionally, overarching functions of test and evaluation are to mature system designs; manage risks; identify and help resolve deficiencies as early as possible; assist in reducing unintended cost increases during development, operations, and throughout the system life cycle; and ensure systems are operationally mission capable (i.e., effective, suitable, survivable, and safe). Test and evaluation provides knowledge of system design, capabilities, and limitations to the acquisition community to improve system performance before production and deployment, and to the user community for optimizing system operations and sustainment after production and deployment. The Test and Evaluation community will:
Collaborate with capability requirements sponsors and system developers to field effective and suitable systems that meet program baseline goals for cost, schedule, and performance.
Provide timely, sufficient, accurate, and affordable information to decision makers to support production and fielding decisions.
Provide data and information in support of managing risks during acquisition, fielding, and sustainment by accurately characterizing system technical and operational performance throughout the system life cycle.
Support the acquisition and sustainment communities in acquiring and maintaining operationally mission capable systems for Air Force users.
Provide information to users to assess mission impacts, develop policy, improve requirements, and refine tactics, techniques, and procedures.