Is CSTF testing for interoperabilty certification required prior to going to an IOTE?
Is it required prior to Full Rate Production decision so it can be done in parallel w/ IOTE?
The Central Technical Support Facility (CTSF) is an Army facility to test theater-level system-of-systems products in a net-centric environment. It is the U.S. Army’s strategic and central testing facility responsible for interoperability engineering, executing Army Interoperability Certification (AIC) testing, maintaining configuration control for all operational through tactical-level information technology/national security systems, and supporting deployed warfighters’ digital needs.
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As such, it is primarily responsible for the developmental testing of Army assets that meet the definition. This would normally be done during the developmental cycle (pre-Milestone C production decision). IOT&E is the ONLY statutorily required testing for a program. It is separate and distinct from CTSf testing, and is conducted by independent test agencies (OTAs) under the guidance of DOT&E, and responsible to Congress for its' report out. As part of the IOT&E for Interoperability concerns, the JTIC (Joint Operability Test Command) headquartered at Ft Huachuca, AZ would be required to provide an Interoperability determination for the program. The results of the IOT&E (and Interoperability determination) will feed the Full Rate Production Decision (FRPDR).
For scheduling purposes, the CTSF testing should be done prior to IOT&E in order for the service to determine the readiness of the program for the OTA conducted IOT&E.