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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Panel on Reliability Growth Methods for Defense Systems
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.

Dr. Arthur Fries (Chair) - Institute for Defense Analyses
Dr. W. Peter Cherry - Science Applications International Corporation
Dr. Robert G. Easterling - Sandia National Laboratories [Retired]
Dr. Elsayed A. Elsayed - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Dr. Aparna V. Huzurbazar - Los Alamos National Laboratory
Dr. Patricia A. Jacobs - Naval Postgraduate School
Dr. William Q. Meeker, Jr. - Iowa State University
Dr. Nachiappan Nagappan - Microsoft Research
Dr. Michael Pecht - University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Ananda Sen - University of Michigan Health System
Dr. Scott Vander Weil - Los Alamos National Laboratory
For more information, see the complete record at the National Academies' Current Project site

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