Test Community Unfairly Blamed For Program Delays

By Guy Norris
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
December 02, 2013
Credit: Lockheed Martin

While it is no secret that virtually all major U.S. defense acquisition programs are over budget and behind schedule, it is not clear who is to blame or, more importantly, what should be done about it.

The problem is particularly acute in aerospace, where chronic delays to high-profile, complex programs such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are largely blamed on the test community. In response, evaluation and development specialists in the industry are studying new initiatives that are designed to make them part of the solution, rather than the problem.

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