Analytical Test Planning for Defense Acquisitions

Authored by: Darryl K. Ahner , Gina Sigler

Handbook of Military and Defense Operations Research

Print publication date:  March  2020
Online publication date:  February  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138607330
eBook ISBN: 9780429467219
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As weapon systems have become more complex, the ability to discern performance by simply building systems correctly and placing them in operational use has diminished greatly. This complexity arises from the interaction of more components and subsystems. People are generally poor at predicting patterns formed from the interactions of many elements (e.g., rules and computing artifacts). The only way that we may fairly elicit patterns of performance over the full range in which we want these complex systems to perform without introducing bias is to develop useful metrics and apply the scientific method to understand operational, technical, and systemic interactions. This is the focus of this chapter.

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