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A Retrospective Analysis of Lessons Learned in Evaluating Advanced Military Technologies



Craig I. Schlenoff, Brian A. Weiss, Michelle P. Steves


For the past six years, personnel from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have served as the Independent Evaluation Team (IET) for two major DARPA programs. DARPA ASSIST (Advanced Soldier Sensor Information System and Technology) is an advanced technology research and development program whose objective is to exploit soldier-worn sensors to augment a Soldier's situational awareness, mission recall and reporting capability to enhance situational knowledge during and following military operations. TRANSTAC (Spoken Language Communication and Translation System for Tactical Use) is another DARPA program whose goal is to demonstrate capabilities to rapidly develop and field free-form, two-way speech-to-speech translation systems enabling English and foreign language speakers to communicate with one another in real-world tactical situations where an interpreter is unavailable. Both of these efforts are concluding and as such this paper will focus on overall lessons learned in evaluating these types of technologies.
International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) Journal


Performance Evaluation, SCORE, TRANSTAC, ASSIST, Lessons Learned


Schlenoff, C. , Weiss, B. and Steves, M. (2011), A Retrospective Analysis of Lessons Learned in Evaluating Advanced Military Technologies, International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) Journal, [online], (Accessed June 20, 2024)


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Created December 30, 2011, Updated February 19, 2017