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Carroll is an operations research analyst in the Reliability Branch U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA) at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in Maryland. Adkins is an automotive reliability evaluator at the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command at APG. Brudnak is associate director of Physical Simulation and Test, U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center in Warren, Michigan. Pohland is the Physics of Failure Mechanical Systems Team Lead at AMSAA.
To maximize return on investment (ROI) in the face of increasing budget constraints and failure of half of all Army programs to demonstrate established reliability requirements, test and evaluation (T&E) programs must be executed more efficiently and incorporate more aggressive reliability growth techniques. One way to accomplish this is by leveraging existing modeling and simulation (M&S) tools, including purely computer-based as well as hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) tools.