Accession Number : ADA294269

Title :   Testing Military Software in the Near-Operational Environment.

Descriptive Note : Professional paper,

Corporate Author : NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIV PATUXENT RIVER MD

Personal Author(s) : Merritts, Robert ; Tanner, Helen ; Lopez-Estrada, Micheline

PDF Url : ADA294269

Report Date : 12 APR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : A crucial step for either initial issue development or post deployment support updates of military software products is integrated systems testing. After the development team has conducted progressive coding/module level tests and appropriate systems integration tests (using a systems integration laboratory), a proposed new version for the software product emerges. The critical issue becomes 'Is this version ready for final operational testing and for release for use by our military users?'. During Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E), each proposed new version is subjected to integrated systems testing. The configuration item is installed into representatively configured military hardware system (aircraft, ships, etc.). During testing, it is operated in the near-operational environment (at sea or in flight, using highly skilled military operators performing a carefully planned representative task). The authors are team members of Naval Helicopter software development Integrated Program Teams (IPTs). Their pragmatic experiences in performing this value added testing in the near-operational environment is useful for consideration by all software developers and testers.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY APPLICATIONS, *SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, *COMPUTER PROGRAM VERIFICATION, *COMPUTER OPERATORS, TEST AND EVALUATION, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, MILITARY PERSONNEL, DEPLOYMENT, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, AIRCRAFT, MILITARY EQUIPMENT, TEAMS(PERSONNEL), OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, CONFIGURATIONS, INFLIGHT, LABORATORIES, CODERS.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE