Transitioning Science and Technology into Acquisition Programs: Assessing One Government Laboratorys Processes
Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States
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This paper examined the strengths and weaknesses of the overall technology transition process between Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center ARDEC and its partnered program offices in transitioning technology into established Programs of Record. This examination was a direct review and comparison of Department of Defense policies, U.S. Government Accountability Office reports and recommendations, and ARDEC and the program managers established processes. The research indicated that the following recommendations should be implemented by other research and development R and D organizations to foster proper technology transition endorsement from future customers, collaboration early on with the soldier and developing organizations, alignment with soldier needs, lever available capabilities, and introduction of technology transition agreements. Research also indicated that in order for ARDEC to continue to improve its technology transition process, it should focus on the transition and inclusion of industry, address all changes and decisions, and conduct affordability and tradeoff analysis. Additionally, ARDEC should fill all management positions with qualified individuals, assign managers for durations of program, stress importance of operations deployment, and use service acquisition organizations to review the process and R and D adaptability to PM expectations.