About the DoD ATS ED
In February 2004, The Office of the Secretary of Defense (Acquisition,
Technology and Logistics), Logistics Plans and Programs (LPP) office tasked Navy
to serve as the DoD's Executive Director for Automatic Test Systems.
In June 2004, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Logistics) in turn
tasked the Naval Air Systems Command PMA260, the Aviation Support Equipment
Program Manager, to serve as the ATS Executive Directorate and continue to
perform the ATS functions previously performed as the DoD Executive Agent for Automatic
The ATS ED's mission is to implement a coordinated program throughout the
Department of Defense (DoD) for Automatic Test Systems acquisition and research
& development. The goal of the DoD ATS ED is to reduce the total cost of ATS
to DoD while defining ways to use commercial products on the market and
preserving our legacy investments in Test Program Sets. To achieve this goal,
the ATS ED had four initial tasks: (1) minimize unique types of ATS within DoD,
(2) define and manage the ATS Open Systems Approach,
(3) coordinate the convergence and modernization of ATS inventory, and (4)
provide ATS management tools and lessons learned.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense has
provided guidance to minimize unique types of Automatic Test Systems being
introduced into the DoD inventory by using designated DoD ATS Families.
The intent is to define an acquisition
environment that makes DoD the smartest, most responsive buyer of the best goods
or services that meet our warfighters' needs at the best dollar value over the
life of the product. A major theme is to emphasize the use of commercial
products. The new acquisition policy is implemented in the area of Automatic
Test Systems by: (1) leveraging non-recurring investments already made in ATS
Families across multiple applications, (2) evolving the capabilities of these
Families of ATS by migrating their content towards industry-wide standards, (3)
facilitating intra- and inter-service level interoperability by encouraging
common and interoperable support solutions, (4) encouraging the use of
commercial items that meet defined ATS capabilities within ATS Families and as
ATS alternatives by promulgating an open architecture based on commercial
standards, and (5) maintaining legacy Test Program Sets.
There are several ATS publications that have been
developed to aid
the DoD program manager. The ATS Acquisition Guide is
a just-plain-English handbook for the DoD PM who is considering an ATS
acquisition. The ATS Selection Process Guide provides
processes and tools to help Program Managers with their ATS selection. In
addition, the ED publishes an ATS Master Plan which
addresses the implementation of the DoD ATS acquisition policy and investment
strategy, and summarizes DoD ATS R&D plans. With the publication in
September 2004 of a new Joint Services ATS
Memorandum of Agreement among the Service Acquisition Executives, these
documents are in process of revision.
Last Modified: 14 January 2005
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