Assessments of Advanced Development Technology Programs: A Study to Determine the Perceived Effectiveness of a New Air Force Systems Command Policy
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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Recent studies conducted by the United States Air Force concluded that closer ties should be established between the laboratories and product divisions of the Air Force Systems Command. Toward this end, the Air Force Systems Command has established a policy whereby the product divisions will assess advanced development technology programs conducted by the laboratories. This research effort is a study to determine the perceived effectiveness of this assessment policy. Thirty-eight structured interviews were held with laboratory and product division personnel. The perceived effect of the assessment policy on technology transfer, communication, and dialogue and the perceived significance of several barriers to technology transfer were discussed during these interviews. Other issues discussed were the ease or difficulty of accomplishing key assessment tasks, the responsiveness of laboratories to product divisions, the attitude of laboratory and product division personnel with respect to the assessment policy, and the desirability of encorporating additional technology transfer mechanisms. The writer concluded that those interviewed perceived that the assessment policy will tend to enhance technology transfer, communication, and dialogue. Also, no significant problems were perceived to exist in accomplishing the assessment tasks. Generally, those interviewed perceived that the laboratories will not tend to be more responsive than they should be. A favorable attitude toward the assessment policy was expressed, but the additional technology transfer mechanisms were not strongly endorsed.
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