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The concept of automating the testing of software-intensive systems has been around for decades, but the practice of automating testing is scarce in many industries, especially in the government defense sector. A one-year project initiated by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Scientific Test and Analysis Techniques Center of Excellence (STAT COE) and sponsored by Navy OPNAV N94 set out to:

  • study the degree to which the Department of Defense (DoD) has adopted automated software testing (AST);
  • share the best software practices used by industry; and
  • develop and distribute an AST implementation guide intended for program management and novice DoD software test automators. The Current State of Automated Software Testing in the Department of Defense, AST Practices and Pitfalls Guide, and the AST Implementation Guide are available at


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Journal of Defense Analytics and Logistics