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Test Readiness Review (TRR)

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Reference Source: DAG CH 8-3.9.1 Test Readiness Reviews

A Test Readiness Review (TRR) provides the formal approval authority with a review showing that the system is ready to enter the test and that the funding and execution of a test executes the test and gathers the required information. TRRs assess test objectives, test methods and procedures, test scope, safety, and whether test resources have been properly identified and coordinated. TRRs are also intended to determine if any changes are required in planning, resources, training, equipment, or timing to successfully proceed with the test. If any of these items are not ready, senior leadership may decide to proceed with the test and accept the risk, or mitigate the risk in some manner. A TRR is conducted for those events identified in the TEMP.

Documentation. TRRs are annotated within the TEMP on the integrated test program schedule. For more information, see Part 2.5 of the DAG, CH 8.3.6. Test & Evaluation Master Plan. TRRs need to include entry/exit criteria, which the Chief Developmental Tester, with the T&E WIPT, proposes to the PM for approval.

Composition. The PM or Chief Developmental Tester chairs the TRR, which generally consists of the following subject matter experts:


  • Program Manager
  • Chief Developmental Tester
  • Program Systems Engineer
  • Logistician
  • Safety
  • Lead DT&E Organization representative
  • OTA Representative (as required)
  • Test Facility/Range Representative (as required)
  • DoD Component T&E Representative (as required)
  • DASD(DT&E) Representative (as required)
  • DOT&E Representative (if on oversight)
  • Other SMEs (e.g., intelligence, cybersecurity, Trainer, etc.)
  • Combat Developer/Tactics Developer/Fleet User.
Reference Source: DAG CH 8-3.9.2 Operational Test Readiness Reviews


The OTRR is the formal approval process for deciding if a system is ready to enter operational testing. OTRRs are conducted to:

  • Verify required contractor and/or developmental testing is complete with satisfactory system performance.
  • Ensure OT test plans are approved and OT preparations are complete.
  • Ensure other requirements supporting OT—such as threat representation validation reports and OTA accreditation of threat representations, models, simulations, and other test instrumentation—are complete.
  • Verify that T&E and system under test resources and capabilities are available and ready to proceed with the OT&E.
  • Verify system-under-test is production representative.
  • Determine if any changes are required in planning, resources, training, equipment, or schedule in order to successfully execute the test.
  • Identify any problems that impact on the start or adequate execution of the test and subsequent evaluation or assessment of the system.
  • Make decisions as appropriate to resolve problems or to change or confirm scheduled requirements.
  • Safety planning.