DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE SMC REGULATION 800-26

Headquarters Space and Missile Systems Center (AFMC)

Los Angeles Air Force Base, California 90009-2960 10 January 1994

Acquisition Management

INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION AND VALIDATION

This regulation establishes policy and procedures and assigns responsibilities for software independent verificattion and validation (IV&V).

1. POLICY: This policy defines guidelines on using Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) to manage development risk and addresses acquiring IV&V efforts separate from the prime contract. This IV&V policy applies to all SMC programs awarding contracts involving computer systems which are subject to AF Supplement 1 to DODI 5000.2.

2. BACKGROUND:

a. The contractor bears full responsibility for delivering a successful product. Requirements must be identified early in the contracting process to ensure that provisions regarding contractor responsibility are clear and well understood by both government and contractor.

b. The program office can minimize risk by ensuring that the best available software engineering methods are applied by the contractor.

3. RESPONSIBILITIES AND PROCEDURES:

a. The criticality of systems requirements is established by following AF Supplement 1 to DODI 5000.2 and AFP 80045.

b. The Program Director shall decide the need for IV&V based on recommendations from the Computer Resources Working Group (CRWG). (The CRWG is formally chartered by the program manager to actively participate, in an advisory capacity, in all aspect of the program involving computer resources.) If the Program Director decides that the prime contractor cannot mitigate the software development risks, then the Program Director shall have the authority to solicit an IV&V contract. Program requirements judged critical based on risk assessments shall be identified in the Computer Resources Life Cycle Management Plan (CRLCMP) and Request for Proposal. In these cases, bidders will propose ways to mitigate risk in a Risk Management Plan.

c. IV&V plans and decisions shall be documented in the CRLCMP. This should be accomplished during Concept Exploration, Demonstration/Validation, Engineering and Manufacturing Development, and Production and Deployment phases and must be accomplished prior to soliciting an IV&V contract.

d. The Aerospace Corporation shall not perform direct IV&V tasks for SMC without explicit approval of the Commander. Requests for exceptions to this policy shall be signed by the Program Director and coordinated with SMC/SD prior to being forwarded to the Command Section for action.

e. This policy does not address Nuclear Safety Cross Check Analysis (NSCCA) nor Performance Analysis & Technical Evaluation (PATE).

EDWARD P. BARRY, JR.

Lieutenant General, USAF

Commander