MAI plays a key role in supporting Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport in Developmental Testing of submarine sonar systems for the Submarine Acoustic Systems Program Office (PMS-401). MAI assists in the preparation of Test and Evaluation Master Plans (TEMP), prepares measurement and analysis plans, addresses details of measurement and analysis methodologies, develops analytical tools, supports the execution of testing through the provision of observers and test directors, and conducts in-situ and post-analyses of measurements leading to reports on system performance and compliance with metrics. MAI succeeds in this work through the provision of technical expertise to develop a test design that accounts for the functions of the capabilities under test, the role these capabilities play in affecting overall system-level performance, the factors affecting the ultimate performance observed, and the samples taken to achieve the level of accuracy necessary to assess the adequacy of system performance.
In designing and executing testing and assessing test results, MAI applies an in-depth understanding of submarine sonar operations, the operational environment, and the physics affecting performance, and system processing design. Testing involves both in-plant and at-sea measurements. In-plant measurements involve both the use of synthetic stimulation of the system and reprocessing of sonar array element level data recorded at-sea. The scope of these results includes the specific metrics specified in the TEMP as well as any additional measures that lend insight into the performance of the capability under test. MAI is also a principal in compiling and documenting analysis results into classified Developmental Testing briefings and reports and is often called upon to brief these results directly to PMS-401 and other U.S. Navy organizations involved in submarine sonar development.