Accession Number : AD1036032

Title :   DEFENSE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Adopting Best Practices Can Improve Innovation Investments and Management

Descriptive Note : Technical Report


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Report Date : 01 Jun 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 62

Abstract : Why GAO Did This Study: DOD relies on innovative technologies to ensure the superiority of its weapon systems and planned to invest about $12.5 billion in fiscal year 2017 to achieve this aim. Recently, DODs leadership role in fostering innovation has been supplanted by the commercial sector. This has changed DODs approach to technology development by relying more on commercial innovation. Conference Report 112-329 included a provision for GAO to review DODs S and T enterprise. This report assesses (1) the practices leading companies employ to manage technology development and (2) the extent to which DOD can incorporate these practices into its own. GAO interviewed eight large, profitable, leading technology companies (Amazon, Dow Chemical, Honeywell, General Motors, IBM, Qualcomm, Siemens AG, and Valvoline) to identify practices they used to manage, prioritize, and assess their technology portfolios. GAO also met with DOD organizations that manage and execute S and T funds to identify their practices

Descriptors :   military acquisition , product development , department of defense , financial management , national security , military research , test and evaluation , management planning and control , investments , weapon systems , technology forecasting , decision making , military budgets

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE