|Student Name:||Capt Jason Sutherlin|
|Thesis:||Improving the Enterprise Requirements and Acquisition Model's Developmental Test and Evaluation Process Fidelity|
|Location:||Bldg 640, Room 103|
|Attendance Restrictions:||Distribution A. Unlimited Distribution.|
|Date & Time:||02/25/2014 at 1430|
|Abstract:|| Shrinking budgets and dynamic military conflicts have driven Department of Defense (DoD) leadership to reform how the military acquires weapon systems with the goal of decreasing program schedules and costs, while maximizing performance. Acquisition reform is not a new concept. Yet with more than fifty years of acquisition reform and evolution, the DoD is still unable to control cost, schedule, and performance objectives. Previous research characterized DoD acquisitions through computer simulation and modeling. This model, called the Enterprise Requirements and Acquisition Model (ERAM), captures a program’s journey through the Defense Acquisition System (DAS) to gain insight into decisions and processes that impacts a program’s schedule and probability of completion. A past unexpected result included the apparent insignificance of Developmental Test and Execution (DT&E) activities with respect to a program’s time spent in acquisition. This research focused on investigating the DT&E process in Air Force acquisitions through computer modeling and simulation with Monte Carlo analysis. Key DT&E activities and delay factors are identified and investigated in order to provide additional insight regarding DT&E’s role in acquisitions and demonstrate a different concept for quantitatively supporting acquisition reform initiatives.