Report on the Armed Services Technical Information Agency
AIR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND WASHINGTON DC
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This study was made at the request of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Research and Development as a result of a recommendation made by the ASTIA Policy Council. The purpose of the management survey was to provide information to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Research and Development, now Research and Engineering, regarding the operation of ASTIA and to recommend actions necessary to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of ASTIAs operations. The survey covered a organization, b location, c ASTIAs relationships with its contributors, the Air Force command structure, the three military departments and the ASTIA Policy Council, d utilization of and requirement for resources, and e systems and procedures. External considerations of user requirements and user satisfaction were beyond the scope of this survey. During the period in which the survey was being conducted, the group made on-the-spot inspections of ASTIA operations at Dayton, Ohio and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C. Discussions were also had with personnel responsible for ASTIA matters at each command level of the Air Force, including the Air Research and Development Command at Baltimore, Maryland, and Headquarters, U. S. Air Force in Washington, as well as with appropriate personnel in Army, Navy and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. All concerned agreed that a number of major problems were plaguing the ASTIA operation and needed immediate attention and resolution. The survey group has addressed itself to these problems and recommends a course of action which, if adopted, should make the ASTIA operation more effective and for the first time place the agency in a position to render the much needed and valuable service to the Defense Research and Development Community which was originally conceived by its founders.
- Information Science
- Administration and Management