The T&E/S&T Program was launched in 2002 in recognition of U.S. development of advanced technology and transformational weapon systems (e.g., directed energy weapons) with no corresponding advances in test technologies (e.g. measuring directed energy effects). T&E/S&T technology development projects typically begin at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 3 and mature to TRL 6; deliverables include test technology prototypes and demonstrations in relevant environments. The Program also performs risk reduction for the development of test capabilities by CTEIP and Service Improvement and Modernization (I&M) efforts, which are the primary transition partners for T&E/S&T Program technologies.
The T&E/S&T Program implements an integrated planning and execution process. This process includes identification of drivers, translation of drivers into T&E needs, use of needs to guide the organizational structure and investment strategy of the Program, initiation of T&E/S&T projects, and transition of technology developments to T&E activities and organizations. The development and execution of the T&E/S&T Program is integrated not only within TRMC, but also with DT&E, Service T&E organizations, and the broader DoD science and technology (S&T) community.
T&E / S&T Structure
The T&E/S&T Program is centrally managed by the T&E/S&T Program Manager from TRMC Headquarters. The Program employs a decentralized execution process, through eight Test Technology Areas, each of which is led by an Executing Agent from one of the Services and based at a test organization in the field. Moreover, each Executing Agent leads a Tri-Service Working Group (TSWG) comprised of representatives from the DoD T&E and S&T communities, with expertise related to the respective test technology.
T&E / S&T Selection Process
The T&E/S&T Program initiates new projects based upon a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) solicitation for each TTA to industry, academia, and government laboratories. The TTA Executing Agents employ their respective TSWGs to develop solicitation topics prior to the BAA release, evaluate white paper and proposal responses, and provide the T&E/S&T Program Manager with recommendations for project selection. The T&E/S&T Program also advances Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives for the T&E community by involving academic institutions in projects initiated by response to BAAs and by supporting intern activities within the TRMC and at DoD test ranges and facilities.
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TAs directly supporting Warfighter system test needs
CTT develops advanced technologies and methodologies to test and evaluate DoD capabilities and information networks to defend and conduct full-spectrum military operations across cyberspace.
DET develops on-board and off-board technologies to enable quantitative assessment of high energy laser (HEL) and high power microwave (HPM) system performance and energy-target interactions to support thorough testing of directed energy systems.
EWT develops advanced test technologies and methodologies for modeling / simulation-based, installed system test facility / hardware in the loop (ISTF/HWIL), and open air range (OAR) T&E of radio frequency (RF) and electro-optics (EO) systems in realistic environments.
HSST identifies and develops advanced test technologies and methodologies for ground test, flight test, and computational modeling and simulation for T&E of advanced high-speed and hypersonic propulsion systems and reentry vehicles. The goal of this TTA is to provide high-speed and hypersonic weapon acquisition programs with T&E capabilities comparable in accuracy, robustness, and efficiency to the T&E capabilities for current subsonic and supersonic weapon systems.
NST develops models, simulations, and devices to measure and assess the performance of the next generation of joint integrated command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) architectures. The goal of this TTA is to support the testing of end-to-end system interoperability and mission effectiveness while executing a joint mission thread. To this end, NST advances technologies for test tools and distributed network infrastructure to support the creation, management, measurement, and analysis of the live-virtual-constructive (LVC) synthetic environment, execution of the mission thread test, and analysis of test results.
UAST develops technologies to assess robotic system performance; including autonomous behavior, effectiveness in operational environments, and autonomous self-sustainment; the TTA also develops technologies to conduct unmanned and autonomous systems (UAS) tests in a safe manner. The goal of this TTA is to develop technologies that effectively address the challenges specific to testing autonomous and semi-autonomous robotic systems operating in a wide range of warfighting environments.
TTAs providing broad support for T&E infrastructure needs
AIST develops advanced instrumentation, sensors, data storage, and power sources to provide continuous, non-intrusive testing. This TTA advances the field of device physics by investigating innovative materials, microelectromechanical system sensors, miniaturized power/energy sources, data transformation, and novel packaging technologies to support the T&E of warfighting systems.
SET develops technologies and methodologies to enable more efficient use of legacy telemetry communications bands and expansion into non-traditional areas of the radio frequency and optical spectra. The TTA advances hardware and software technologies required to improve spectral efficiency and enable open-air range wireless technology.