• “There is a Director of Operational Test and Evaluation in the Department of Defense, appointed from civilian life by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.”

  • “Operational test and evaluation means --
    • the field test, under realistic combat conditions, of any item of (or key component of) weapons, equipment, or munitions for use in combat by typical military users; and the evaluation of the results of such test.”

  • “The Director shall --
    • prescribe, by authority of the Secretary of Defense, policies and procedures for the conduct of operational test and evaluation in the Department of Defense;
    • provide guidance to and consult with the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology and the Secretaries of the military departments in general and with respect to specific operational test and evaluation...;
    • coordinate operational testing conducted jointly by more than one military department or defense agency;
    • monitor and review all operational test and evaluation in the Department of Defense;
    • review and make recommendations to the Secretary of Defense on all budgetary and financial matters...;
    • monitor and review the live fire testing activities of the Department....”