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Project Title:

Panel on Reliability Growth Methods for Defense Systems
PIN: DBASSE-CNSTAT-10-08        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit: Committee on National Statistics

RSO: Cohen, Michael

Subject/Focus Area: Engineering and Technology; National Security and Defense

Project Scope
The present project on reliability growth methods is the latest in a series of studies at the National Research Council (NRC) on improving the statistical methods used in defense systems development and acquisition. It features a public workshop with an agenda that will explore ways in which reliability growth processes (including design, testing, and management activities) and dedicated analysis models (including estimation, tracking, and projection methodologies) can be used to improve the development and operational performance of defense systems. Through invited presentations and discussion, the workshop will characterize commonly used and potentially applicable reliability growth methods for their suitability to defense acquisition. The scope of the workshop and list of program participants will be developed by an expert ad hoc panel that will also write the final report that summarizes the findings of the workshop and provides recommendations to the U.S. Department of Defense.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. The start date for the project is October 1, 2010. The report is expected to be issued at the end of the project in approximately 18 months. Note: The project duration has been extended. The report is expected to delivered by October, 2013.

The report was released January 2015 as a prepublication. A report brief is also available.

Project Duration: 18 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 03/04/2011
 Meeting 2 - 09/22/2011
 Meeting 3 - 12/02/2011
 Meeting 4 - 01/31/2013
 Meeting 5 - 07/08/2013


Reports having no URL can be seen
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Reliability Growth: Enhancing Defense System Reliability
Reliability Growth: Enhancing Defense System Reliability (Report Brief)