The Automatic Test Systems Executive Directorate is chartered by the Office of the
Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Technology) to implement a coordinated Automatic Test Systems
acquisition and research & development program throughout the Department, and to serve as the interface
for DoD with other departments and agencies such as NASA and FAA. The major goals of the ATS ED are:
1. Minimize the cost of automatic testing to DoD
2. Foster interoperability of automatic test systems across the Services
3. Reduce logistics footprint, and
4. Improve the quality of test by leveraging embedded and other diagnostic data
The ED will accomplish these goals by encouraging the use of existing investments, implementing ATS planning that provides gains in both procurement and sustainment "economies of scale", ensuring the efficient use of limited ATS R&D resources, and acting on behalf of the DoD to plan, monitor, coordinate and integrate for the ATS commodity area.
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 Test Systems.
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.