Wed, Oct 07, 2009
Detachment 1 Will Add 581 Personnel To Edwards
Air Force Operational Test and
Evaluation Center officials stood up Det. 1 at Edwards Air Force
Base, California October 2nd to lead the operational test and
evaluation of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter.
Det. 1 will bring an additional 581 personnel to Edwards AFB for
joint strike fighter initial operational test and evaluation.
"AFOTEC Det. 1 will conduct operational test and evaluation on
the JSF with three services and two international partners," said
Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Sargeant, the AFOTEC commander. "The F-35
joint strike fighter will deliver joint and coalition multirole
capabilities. AFOTEC will serve as the lead operational test agency
for this the multi-service and multi-national initial operational
test and evaluation, and we are already conducting operational
According to General Sargeant, "The stand-up of this detachment
is in line with our role to be in the right place at the right time
to provide the right information to senior acquisition decision
makers and the warfighter. AFOTEC is actively supporting the chief
of staff of the Air Force goal of acquisition excellence by
continuing to improve acquisition processes and skills."
The F-35 is projected to be operationally capable by 2013.
"We are getting involved early in this program because we
believe this approach to testing influences a program in a
relevant, operational, and testable manner," General Sargeant said.
"Early influence allows us to maintain an operational focus to
ensure our combatant commanders have the right tools to win today's
and tomorrow's battles."
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