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Flight Test Success through Effective Mission Assurance Strategy. 14 March 2011 Mr. Larry Easterwood Missile Defense Agency MDA/QS Deputy Director - RSA. The “Definition”. Failure: Omission of occurrence or performance; A failing to perform a duty or expected action.

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Flight Test Success through EffectiveMission Assurance Strategy

14 March 2011

Mr. Larry Easterwood

Missile Defense Agency

MDA/QS Deputy Director - RSA

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The “Definition”

Failure: Omission of occurrence or performance; A failing to perform a duty or expected action

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history of thaad flight test failures
History of THAAD Flight Test Failures

THAAD PDRR Flight Test Failures

Flight

Date

Failure

Design Issue(s)

Root Cause

No clearance, not inspectable, poor teflon choice)

Flare deploy failure

Damaged at installation

01-Aug-1995

FT-2

FPA edges overran CPU

Software overrun condition

No HWIL test

13-Oct-1995

FT-3

Radar error s/w mistake

SW sign flaw

No ground test of SW

13-Dec-1995

FT-4

Failed KV separation

Cramped assy, used beyond design limits

Pinched or nicked lanyard

22-Mar-1996

FT-5

FOD

No failsafe software

15-Jul-1996

FPA half blinded

FT-6

Poor potting compound choice

FOD

No DACS response

06-Mar-1997

FT-7

FT-8

TVA short

Exposed hot pins

FOD

12-May-1998

Poor material properties, excessive shocks

Ground handling damage

29-Mar-1999

DACS nozzle break

FT-9

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gen welch team findings
Gen. Welch Team Findings

Program success is a result of the implemented corrective actions and continuous improvement process.

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gen welch team findings continued
Gen. Welch Team Findings Continued

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history of thaad flight test successes
History of THAAD Flight Test Successes

THAAD PDRR Flight Test Successes

Flight

Date

Demonstrated Objective

Video

FT-10

10-Jun-1999

High lofted trajectory unitary target intercept

Video

FT-11

02-Aug-1999

High lofted trajectory separating target intercept

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history of thaad flight test successes1
History of THAAD Flight Test Successes

THAAD WSMR Flight Test Successes

Flight

Date

Demonstrated Objective

Video

Interceptor Controlled Flight Test – demonstrated kill vehicle control

FTT-01

22-Nov-2005

Integrated System Test – radar, launcher, TFCC and

Interceptor closed loop functionality against a

simulated virtual unitary target

FTT-02

11-May-2006

Integrated Element Seeker Characterization Test – intercept of a high-endo unitary target

FTT-03

12-Jul-2006

Video

FTT-04

13-Sep-2006

“No Test” due to target failure

Interceptor Controlled Flight Test – demonstrated

low-endo, high dynamic and aero heating control

26-Jun-2007

FTT-05

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history of thaad flight test successes2
History of THAAD Flight Test Successes

THAAD PMRF Flight Test Successes

Flight

Date

Demonstrated Objective

Video

High Endo Intercept of a Unitary Target

FTT-06

26-Jan-2007

Video

05-Apr-2007

Mid Endo Intercept of a Unitary Target

FTT-07

Video

FTT-08

26-Oct-2007

Exo Intercept of a Unitary Target

Video

Low Endo Intercept of a Separating Target

25-Jun-2008

FTT-09

Video

15-Sep-2008

Exo Intercept of a Separating Target

FTT-10

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continued focus on mission assurance
Technical Requirements on Contract

Supplier Management

Accountability

Mission Assurance Audits

Boots on the Ground

Systems Engineering Focus

Test As You Fly

Robust Ground Testing

Heed Lessons Learned

Continued Focus On Mission Assurance

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How do you ensure Mission Assurance as a Government Employee?

  • Stay “Hands On”
  • Know your program inside and out
  • Be a Subject Matter Expert (SME)
  • Question decisions not supported by data
  • Assure the appropriate Quality / Mission Assurance requirements are incorporated into the Contract
  • Assure Quality / Mission Assurance is a voting member of the Program Award Fee Board
  • Speak up if something is not right

Mission Assurance is Everyone’s Responsibility

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How do you ensure Mission Assurance as an Industry Partner?

  • Maintain healthy and robust Mission Assurance program
  • Know your suppliers
  • Incentivize your suppliers
  • Make decisions based on data
  • Encourage your workforce to speak up if something is not right

Mission Assurance is Everyone’s Responsibility

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Summary

  • An effective Mission Assurance Strategy must:
  • Influence program execution and behavior in order to achieve mission success
  • Require unfettered access to the highest organizational leadership, programs and supply chain
  • Be empowered and supported by the highest level of organizational authority
  • Hold program offices and contractor’s accountable for practices impacting mission success

Mission Assurance is Everyone’s Responsibility

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New QS Initiative: Facility Assessment Process

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New QS Initiative: Facility Assessment Process

FACILITY REPORT CARD

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Questions?

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