TESTING AND EVALUATION (T&E)14
T&E PLANNING AND STRATEGY
Concurrent with the release of the original MRAP RFP in November 2006, MARCORSYSCOM and the Marine Corps Operational Test and Evaluation Activity (MCOTEA) established a Test Integration Working Group (TIWG) with the Aberdeen Test Center (ATC), the Army Research Lab (ARL), and the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E). The purpose of the TIWG was to determine and discuss T&E and Title 1015 requirements, T&E funding requirements, and the requisite reports needed for rapid fielding. Through the work of this group and interaction with component acquisition agencies, a modified T&E strategy and plan was developed, combining developmental, operational, and live fire test events where possible. In addition, the JPO made an early commitment to develop a DoD compliant test and evaluation master plan (TEMP) to capture the evolving requirements of the program. The initial cooperation between all stakeholders involved in the T&E effort was instrumental in the success of the program, and “the decision to construct an ‘evolving’ TEMP, without the benefit of a program CDD or CPD, was instrumental in forging a unified MRAP T&E strategy and framework, managing initial T&E risk, and developing the overarching DT (developmental testing) and OT (operational testing) activities required by DoD regulation or statute” (Owen, 2008, p. 12). In addition, early construction of this TEMP resulted in early cooperation between test agencies and conveyed the overall DT and OT plans to key DoD decision-makers, resulting in expedited funding for T&E resources.
The bulk of developmental testing for MRAP vehicles was conducted at the Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland. This test center is the lead DoD asset for automotive, manned and unmanned ground vehicle, gun and munitions, and live fire vulnerability and lethality testing (Aberdeen Test Center, 2008, August 17). COL John Rooney, who took
14 Unless otherwise cited, the information from this section was drawn largely from an interview with
the Aberdeen Test Center Commander (Rooney, 2008, August 7).
15 Title 10 of the U.S. Code is the law governing all aspects of the armed forces.