COMOPTEVFORCommander, Operational Test & Evaluation Force
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Mark Ludovico, Joint Staff J6, explained that with the two ships and more than 40 aircraft flying on any given day of the event, the Navy team stress tested the IFF integrated suite and Aegis ballistic missile defense system Mode 5 in partnership with COMOPTEVFOR under 13 separate initiatives.
As a result of many of the causal factors previously discussed, the competing demands on resources for operational test and initial tactics development, the current fleet demand for systems, and the overall complexity of the new systems, COMOPTEVFOR cannot do its tasks alone nor put out required initial guidance in the timeline currently desired.
* Solution: A "Quality Management Board" (QMB) should be formed with representatives from industry, the sponsoring PMA, OPNAV (chief of naval operations) requirements office and COMOPTEVFOR to ensure that the ORD is written in operational terms and the end product will meet the needs of TACAIR aircrew COMOPTEVFOR must be involved at program inception and throughout the life-cycle of the weapon system.
PMW 146 will complete technical evaluation, followed by Multi-Service Test and Evaluation led by COMOPTEVFOR with representatives from the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force, as well as an operational evaluation before we put the spacecraft in full operation.
Navy's Next Generation Command and Control Processor (NGC2P) Test and Evaluation Team of the commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force (COMOPTEVFOR), Norfolk, Va., received the team award for using the hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) capability of the Navy's Distributed Engineering Plant to cost effectively support an operational assessment of NGC2P.
We learn a lot from these assessments, which are summarized using COMOPTEVFOR reporting standards so everyone has a common context.
The Department of Defense Operational Test and Evaluation office concurred with the COMOPTEVFOR finding in a subsequent memorandum to the Under Secretary of Defense for Business Transformation.