Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Forces

COTF Guiding Principles

We will:

  • Treat each other with respect, dignity and take care of our shipmates and families
  • Work as an enterprise team to solve problems and celebrate success.
  • Use Operational Risk Management in test design and execution, and strive to prevent mishaps at work and in our personal lives.
  • Be good stewards of taxpayer dollars and even better stewards of warfighting capabilities.
  • Initiate and foster open communication to create transparency and trust among Program Managers, Developmental Testers and Operational Testers to achieve common understanding of the System Under Test (SUT) and how those capabilities impact warfighting effects.
  • Use Mission Based Test Design, integrated test techniques and best evaluation practices to develop and deliver test objectives, Integrated Evaluation Frameworks and assessments.
  • Make every decision defendable, repeatable and robust.
  • Be our own toughest critic, continuously improve our processes.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders early and continuously throughout acquisition and fielding processes, and achieve agreement on what is in scope of test.
  • Fully understand the System Under Test and the warfighting effects (joint mission threads) that system impacts.
  • Share data, test procedures, analysis techniques early.
  • Turn data into information and information into knowledge.
  • Resolve all issues promptly using respectful, constructive conflict techniques.
  • Maintain operational independence when making conclusions.
  • Make IOT&E a period of confirmation vice a period of discovery.
  • Lead the Navy’s effort to develop independent assessments of Warfare Capability Baselines that address Fleet Commander priorities.