OSD T&E Oversight List

The Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) and the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)) jointly publish the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Test and Evaluation (T&E) Oversight List. The list identifies programs designated for developmental test (DT) oversight or engagement, operational test (OT), and live fire (LF) T&E oversight.

DTE&A actively monitors acquisition programs to determine the need for DT&E oversight or engagement and makes recommendations to the USD(R&E) for adding or removing programs from the list. To determine the need for DT&E oversight or engagement, OUSD(R&E) considers the following:

Developmental Test Oversight

  • Acquisition Category (ACAT) ID programs, pre-MDAP ACAT ID programs, and ACAT ID Defense Acquisition Executive-designated Special Access Programs.
  • Missile system programs and associated equipment that are an integral part of the layered and integrated Missile Defense System for homeland and regional defense.

Developmental Test Engagement

Adaptive Acquisition Framework programs that are national security systems providing intelligence activities, cryptographic activities related to national security, and command and control of military forces.

  • Programs for which an Independent Technical Risk Assessment determined open or unresolved high technical risk rated areas.
  • ACAT IB and IC programs conducting DT&E activities prior to initial operational T&E or follow-on DT&E to verify a military capability:
    • Linked to the successful execution of an ACAT ID program Concept of Operations.
    • Supporting a USD(R&E) Assistant Director Modernization Road Map or investment area.
    • Receiving high-level interest and attention as communicated by congressional or Department principals.
  • In coordination with USD(A&S), critical 804 Middle Tier of Acquisition Programs.
Special Tactics Airmen conduct close air support with F-35 Lightning II’s during Emerald Warrior at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Jan. 27, 2020. Emerald Warrior 20-1 provides annual, realistic pre-deployment training encompassing multiple joint operating areas to prepare special operations forces, conventional force enablers, partner nations, and interagency elements to integrate with, and execute full spectrum special operations in an arctic climate, sharpening U.S. forces' abilities to operate around the globe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sandra Welch)

Oversight List

DOT&E maintains the joint OSD T&E Oversight List, which is designated Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and requires a Common Access Card for access, on an OSD collaboration site. The OSD T&E Oversight List does not include highly classified and sensitive programs that are subject to T&E oversight. Oversight of such programs will be identified directly to the Services.



Assistant Secretary of Defense for Mission Capabilities
The Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301