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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Reliability Growth:
Enhancing Defense System Reliability

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Report Brief




Reliability Growth: Enhancing Defense System Reliability examines recent changes the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has implemented to reduce the frequency of reliability deficiencies for newly developed defense systems, and provides recommendations as to how current DOD practices could be modified to further decrease the frequency that these systems will fail to satisfy their reliability requirements. The report recommends changes to the process by which reliability requirements are decided on for proposed systems; urges greater use of modern design for reliability methods and reliability testing; argues for more interaction between the testing carried out by developers and by DOD, motivates greater collection, availability, and use of reliability test data, and delineates how formal reliability growth modeling can be used to help inform reliability test planning. The recommendations in this report will help to improve the reliability of defense systems, which will save considerable defense funds and at the same time better protect military personnel.

Sponsors: U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation

Contact:  Mike Cohen





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