AFOTECAir Force Operational Test & Evaluation Center
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In addition to fine-tuning SATAF, training, and cutover plans to deploy DEAMS throughout the rest of the Air Force, the DEAMS FMO has resolved many of the deficiencies identified in a report following last year's Operational Assessment and continues to work with the AFOTEC to address the remaining deficiencies.
I view the AFOTEC capability-based rating system as a well-intentioned process improvement to make their products more meaningful and responsive to the warfighter.
I see the AFOTEC initiative as a good example of a process improvement that created a greater dialogue and understanding with the developmental testers and acquisition community, allowing us to present our best judgments earlier in acquisition to the capability demonstrated to date in the environments to which the system has been subjected.
The capabilities evaluated during the operational test included the areas of mission generation, mission support, and enhancements to air-to-air and air-to-ground employment capabilities, according to AFOTEC.
AFOTEC is the Air Force's independent test agency responsible for testing new systems being developed for Air Force and multi-service use under operationally realistic conditions.
Once AFOTEC engineers assess a project and determine its feasibility, there are several phases that follow.
AFOTEC currently operates five detachments and 12 operating locations across the United States.
This win will enable us to continue the highly responsive support that has been a hallmark of SAIC's continuous support to AFOTEC," said Chuck Zang, SAIC senior vice president and a general manager in the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Group.
The goal of the AFOTEC test is to estimate the prospective system's operational effectiveness and suitability in as realistic an operational environment as possible.
During DIOT&E four F/A-22s -- Raptors 08, 09, 10 and 11 -- all of which were delivered during 2002 -- will be used by AFOTEC and Air Combat Command pilots to determine whether the F/A-22 is capable of, and suitable for, operational use.
The JASSM team, which included the JASSM Joint Program Office, the JASSM communities within Lockheed Martin, the 46th Test Wing, and AFOTEC, was cited for superior performance in developing a stealthy, state-of-the-art cruise missile in half the time of comparable programs.