Accession Number : ADA139427

Title :   How Well do the Military Services Perform Jointly in Combat? DoD's Joint Test-and-Evaluation Program Provides Few Credible Answers.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC PROGRAM EVALUATION AND METHODOLOGY DIV

PDF Url : ADA139427

Report Date : 22 Feb 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 227

Abstract : In most combat situations, DOD combines military missions and their operations in ways that transcend the boundaries and responsibilities of the individual armed services. To ascertain whether DOD's joint test-and-evaluation program produces credible information about these situations, GAO reviewed 13 JT/E's that were completed between 1972 and 1981, analyzed 3 in depth for their systemic strengths and weaknesses, and examined the history, organization, and management of the JT/E program. In examining the test process, GAO found that the most important threats to the quality and usefulness of JT/E results are test formulations that fail to consider critical issues, test designs that set up unrealistic test conditions, test implementation that deviates from the test design, test analysis that fails to employ appropriate techniques or to control for validity, and test reports that are untimely, based on faulty interpretations, or not appropriately balanced or qualified. Some of these threats may stem from the organizational features of the JT/E program that make it dependent both on DOD's weapons developer and on the services for their expertise, planning, resources, and funding.

Descriptors :   *Joint military activities, *Test and evaluation, *Cooperation, *Operational effectiveness, Management planning and control, Experimental design, Performance tests, Test methods, Efficiency, Planning programming budgeting, Department of Defense, Military forces(United States)

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE