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Ensuring Quality in Department of Defense Weapon Systems

Abstract: The Department of Defense acquires some of the World’s most complex systems. Ensuring the quality of these systems before their fielding is of paramount importance. The Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) is required to report to Congress on the operational effectiveness and suitability of all military acquisition programs. In recent years, DOT&E has put an increased emphasis on rigorous approaches to testing planning to ensure systems are adequately vetted before fielding. Additionally, improving the reliability of defense systems is a continued area of emphasis.

In this webinar, Laura Freeman will provide a quick overview of the defense acquisition process, focusing on the final stage of testing prior to the fielding of a system. Laura will highlight how DoD is incorporating tools well known to the quality practitioner including Design of Experiments and reliability growth planning with the goal of acquiring quality systems. Examples illustrate recent initiatives to ensure quality.

Presenter: Dr. Laura Freeman is a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. She leads the Test Science Task at IDA providing support to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation on the use of statistics in test and evaluation. Her areas of statistical expertise include designed experiments, reliability analysis, and industrial statistics. Additionally, she has a background in aerospace engineering. Dr. Freeman’s experience includes analysis for a variety of defense systems including command and control, small mobility aircraft, and undersea warfare. Prior to joining IDA in 2010, Dr. Freeman worked at SAIC providing statistical guidance to the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation.

Keywords: Process Improvement

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Very informative. I plan to recommend it to my coworkers.
--Chris Shepherd, 09-27-2013
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