Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E)
The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Developmental Test and Evaluation (DASD(DT&E)) is focused on improving developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) planning and execution, building the professional workforce, and providing data-driven support to the DoD Components to improve acquisittion outcomes.
The DASD(DT&E) serves as the principal advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics in matters relating to DT&E in defense acquisition programs.
Roles and Responsibilties
Major Program Engagement.
DASD(DT&E) helps Program Managers and Chief Developmental Testers improve acquisition outcomes through optimizing test designs, establishing evaluation strategies, publishing DT&E assessments, and serving as a Defense Acquisition Board advisor to inform production and fielding decisions of Major Defense Acquisition Programs.
Test and Evaluation (T&E) Workforce.
The DASD(DT&E) is the career field Functional Leader for the defense acquisition T&E workforce of more than 8,600 professionals and is responsible for updating, improving, and certifying the T&E course curriculum taught by the Defense Acquisition University each year.
Policy, Guidance, and Congressional Reporting.
DASD(DT&E) develops improvements to policy and guidance for the conduct of DT&E, which are incorporated into periodic revisions of DoD Instruction 5000.02 and the Defense Acquisition Guidebook.
DASD(DT&E) is also a collaborative partner with the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation to ensure acquisition decisions are supported with the right T&E information. The DASD(DT&E) partners with OSD acquisition organizations and Component Acquisition Executives to ensure each acquisition program is supported by an appropriate DT&E strategy.