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The Original Director for Test and Evaluation


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Author: Steven J. Hutchison, Ph.D.

In the May-June 2013 issue of Defense AT&L magazine, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall authored an article titled “The Original Better Buying Power—David Packard Acquisition Rules 1971.” Packard’s fifth acquisition rule was “fly before you buy”—the underpinnings of test and evaluation (T&E). I thought it might be interesting to look at another challenge that then Deputy Secretary of Defense David Packard confronted in 1971: what to do about test and evaluation in the Department of Defense (DoD). The original Director for Test and Evaluation created by David Packard was a DT&E with broad responsibilities for all T&E matters in the DoD. Today’s DT&E is focused only on Developmental Test and Evaluation. This article provides a brief snapshot into the challenges involved in forming the first DT&E office in the Pentagon and its evolution into the DT&E office today.

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Cybersecurity: Defending the New Battlefield


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Author: Steven J. Hutchison, Ph.D.

Cybersecurity is one of the most important challenges for our military today. Cyberspace is a new warfighting domain, joining the traditional air, land, sea and space domains—and cybersecurity considerations apply to almost all major defense acquisition programs.

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Shift Left! Test Earlier in the Life Cycle


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Author: Steven J. Hutchison, Ph.D.

To achieve the outcomes of Better Buying Power (BBP) and deploy improved capability to our warfighters in an effective and timely manner, we have to get the development right and verify it through rigorous developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) before we commit to production. In other words, we have to Shift Left!

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