Original Date: 07/08/2002
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Strategic Planning and Technology Management
The Directorate for Missiles and Surface Launchers recently completed a Future STANDARD Missile Strategy and corresponding Technology Management process to identify and use new technology and process priorities for insertion into its current and future programs. Documenting this process has benefitted the Directorate in better planning and a more agile and effective response to funding opportunities and collaboration.
The Directorate for Missiles and Surface Launchers (PEO TSC-M/L) implemented a new Future STANDARD Missile Strategy (FSMS) Technology Management process to identify and use new technology and processes for its current and future programs. Previously, new technology requirements were identified individually in an ad-hoc manner.
PEO TSC-M/L’s new process began with product teams conducting classified studies to identify common issues and create a baseline analysis, the FSMS, so that an appropriate investment strategy would be based on the study findings. Specifically, FSMS identified technology priorities, including products ready for insertion and ready to be considered for insertion; developed technology roadmaps with major milestones, appropriate funding sources, and collaborations; established when new technology should be inserted into various STANDARD Missile (SM) programs; delineated near-term plans of action; determined that SM improvements could not just be focused on capability and affordability, but also needed to address availability and reliability to be effective; and established an ongoing Technology Management Process to keep the FSMS up-to-date, and ensure smooth implementation of the strategy as the environment, organization, and objectives changed.
Documenting the FSMS has been beneficial in allowing the PEO TSC-M/L to better plan and more quickly and effectively respond to funding opportunities and collaboration. The real metrics on the effectiveness of strategic planning will come from the implementation of PEO TSC-M/L’s Technology Management Process. The ongoing Technology Management Process will pull technology from the field, encourage innovation, push technology based on requirements, exploit investment opportunities and collaborations, do strategic planning, evaluate and monitor processes, and manage the technology roadmaps. PEO TSC-M/L’s process for evaluating and selecting new technology to insert into its programs is shown in Figure 2-3. The ongoing Technology Management Process is maintained by Integrated Process Teams (IPTs) with members from PEO TSC-M/L, Government Field Agencies, and contractor personnel, on varying levels focused on specific technical areas and coordinated by a central R&D Leadership Board.
Figure 2-3. Technology Evaluation and Selection Process
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