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    Will you please point me to some documents or provide some guidance to help me understand the best ways to calculate the cost of reliability testing?


    Estimating the cost of reliability test is a very specialized, challenging and complex issue.  DAU does not have the experience to directly answer your question; however, we were able to find an excellent source in the Army who should be able to assist you in all areas of reliability testing including cost estimating -- the US Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA).  They offer reliability tools, best practices, analysis, etc.  Specifically ask for Dr. David Mortin, Ph.D.  He’s the Chief of the Reliability Branch.  His phone number is (410) 278-6248, and his e-mail is:

    The AMSAA web site is

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