Joint Test and Evaluation (JT&E) Program process begins
with a request for nominations from DOT&E to the Services, CCMDs,
defense agencies, the Joint Staff, and the OSD staff. The JPO will
actively solicit nominations through formal "Call for Nominations"
letters. Nominations can come from all sources, including CCMDs,
the Joint Staff, the Services, and the OSD.
sponsor will submit a nomination package through the appropriate
Service, Joint, or OSD channels to the JPO. Service headquarters
often screen their respective nominations and decide which ones
to forward. If a nomination package does not meet the essential
minimum standards for a joint test (JT) nomination, the JPO will return
it to the nominator with specific rationale. If the nomination package
meets all the requirements, they will be prioritized by the Planning Committee and briefed
to a Senior Advisory Council (SAC). Using the SAC's recommendations,
the DOT&E will select the most relevant and achievable of the
nominations for direction to enter the Joint Feasibility Study (JFS)
selected to enter the JFS phase have six months to expand and
refine the program, assess the feasibility of executing a joint test
effort, and prepare pertinent documentation. The JFS Director and
support staff will work closely with joint test support cell (JTSC) to develop these deliverables.
The JFS Director will have also coordinated, at least informally,
anticipated resources with the JPO and Service representatives prior
the JT&E chartering decision. This second SAC will meet, review the JFSs, and recommend one of the two JFS be chartered for up to two years as a joint test. The Project Management Plan is approved by DOT&E
(Deputy Director, Air Warfare). A Technical Advisory Board will
meet to review each JFS's test concept and will provide a
recommendation to the SAC on the feasibility and executability of
the proposed JT. The TAB will review each JFS Test Plan and
make charter recommendations to the SAC.
The OSD JT&E
charter letter will be the authority for the Joint Test Director
to proceed with staffing, planning, execution, analysis, reporting,
and test product development of the Joint Test (JT). The charter letter
also provides authority for the JT to establish direct contact
with participating agencies to obtain required support.