A Chance to Alpha-Innovate in Program Managementx
DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIV FT BELVOIR VA
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The Department of Defense DoD continues to look for ways to encourage innovation and the transition of innovative concepts into its programs. The federal government has continued to support DoD rapid acquisition programs to get great ideas out to the warfighter. For example, the Air Force Research Laboratory s Vehicle Stopper Challenge encourages hopeful innovators to solve a specific problem. Similarly, the government website Challenge.gov offers prizes to people who can help solve technical problems in a wide variety of government programs. While attracting innovation through programs like these is extremely valuable and provides great exposure, what can be done to improve the overall DoD acquisition process What changes can be made within the infrastructure that will encourage innovation in all programs The new interim DoD Instruction DoDI 5000.2, dated Nov. 26, 2013, formally calls for the program manager PM and program office PO to be established during the first phase in the acquisition life cycle, the Material Solution Analysis MSA Phase. The designation of the PM at the nascent phase of a program gives the DoD an unprecedented opportunity to bridge the science and technology ST valley of death and open the door to encouraging more innovation in DoD programs. Call it alpha-innovating from the DoD PM perspective.
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