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JT&E Program: While not well known, the JT&E Program has been in operation since the early 1970ís. Under this program, the Services have the opportunity to nominate candidates for OSD charter and funding. This is not an acquisition related program. In fact, any nominations to support acquisition programs are disqualified. The emphasis is on improved use of available equipment.
Joint UAV Battlespace Dominance: There is a three-stage process for gaining a charter. First a nomination is prepared and submitted through N912 (LCDR Dick Eason) for the December timeframe. If the nomination makes the cut in a review by Service and other representatives, a 2-star level Senior Advisory Committee (SAC) prioritizes the top nominations in June. The Navy representative at the last SAC was RADM Paul Gaffney, Director Test and Evaluation and Technology. The winners become Feasibility studies and develop detailed test plans and justifications for the the next yearís SAC. If selected by the next SAC, OSD charters and funds the test organization for a multi-year, multi-million dollar effort. NSOCís plan is to carry the effort through the first stage, the nomination to approval of a Feasibility study by the SAC, then transfer the effort to an appropriate Navy organization to lead the Feasibility and Test efforts. If successful in the nomination, significant OSD resources will be available to work the problem.
Consideration: The most difficult part of a Joint Test for the Navy is to provide personnel for the test force since the Navy does not allocate manpower for such a purpose as do the Army and Air Force. In the past, Navy- led JT&Eís have had a single O-6 as the Test Director, with other slots filled by Navy civilians, Army and Air Force military and civilians, and contractors.
Recommendation: NSAWC supports pursuing such a JTE and offers to assist. However, current manning and fleet training tempo prevents NSAWC sponsorship.