Report Charts Path Toward Greater Scientific Scrutiny Of Defense Programs

By Sebastian Sprenger / August 14, 2013 at 4:31 PM
Defense Department officials should take greater care to ensure their programs are tested under preplanned, realistic conditions, skipping crude data analysis techniques in favor of more advanced ones to ensure better insight into system performance, according to a report prepared for Pentagon chief weapons tester J. Michael Gilmore. The document , submitted last month by Catherine Warner, Gilmore's science adviser, notes "some cases" in which tests deviated from conditions described in test plans. "This has the effect of reducing the...

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