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DoD Report: Testing Not to Blame for Weapons Delays

Ashton Carter and J. Michael Gilmore, Photo: Defense.gov

An independent Defense Department assessment found that weapons system did not significantly slow down the acquisition process, according to a Defense News report this week.

The review, which was commissioned by Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Ashton Carter undertook a review of 40 major weapons programs that had experienced “significant delays,” Defense News reports.

But of those 40 programs, only seven experienced delays because of testing. Often, a confluence of other factors was to blame. And “in no case was a testing problem a principal cause of delay,” according to a memo from J. Michael Gilmore, DoD director of operational test and evaluation, Defense News reports.

The study recommended:

  • Closer coordination and cooperation among requirements, acquisition and testing
  • Better defined requirements
  • Aligning acquisition strategies with testing

 

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