Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment
ABOUT THE DoD ATS ED
The DoD Automatic Test Systems (ATS) Executive Director (ED) function, although originally led by the US Navy but now led by the US Air Force, is a joint Services cooperative initiative designed to optimize ATS used at all levels of maintenance within the DoD. DoD and Service ATS policies have been established and research & development, acquisition, and life cycle sustainment ATS initiatives are being addressed. The intent of the DoD ATS ED function 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 standards and products.
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.
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 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.