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Revamping the Science and Technology Management Career Field

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Journal Article

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Defense Acquisition University Fort Belvoir United States

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Delivering superior technology to the warfighter effectively and efficiently is crucial to maintaining U.S. military forces operational advantage. All too often, however, technology has been developed but hasnt transitioned across what is referred to as the valley of death, which is the gap between developing technology and having it used in acquisition programs of record. The gap between acquisition program managers and technologists results partially from the separate prioritization and management processes involved with both parties. Bridging that gap requires technology managers to obtain a better understanding of the formal DoD acquisition management system and management principles instrumental to transitioning technology. Such an understanding must come from a combination of education, experience, and training. In the past, understanding acquisition management and management principles was difficult to achieve because the science and technology community throughout DoD was not initially recognized as a separate career field in the acquisition workforce. As a result, scientists and engineers frequently did not receive the technology project management training they needed.

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  • Administration and Management

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