Defense Acquisition Research Journal: A Publication of the Defense Acquisition University. Jan2018, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p2-29. 28p.
TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, COMMAND of troops, MILITARY technology, and DISRUPTIVE technologies
The Department of Defense (DoD) has recently launched several initiatives to accelerate technological innovation and sustain the U.S. military's technological leadership in an environment of increasing global competition. These include six new or expanded programs to enhance the use of experimentation and prototyping under the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the military services. This study examines the six programs and compares their features in light of historical case studies of past disruptive military innovations and the success factors that enabled these innovations to progress from idea to prototype to fielded military capability. Best practices are identified that can be shared between the six programs, or implemented in the design of new DoD initiatives to promote and secure U.S. technological dominance on the battlefields of tomorrow. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Angelis, Diana I., Ford, David N., and Dillard, John T.
Defense Acquisition Research Journal: A Publication of the Defense Acquisition University. Jul2014, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p668-692. 25p.
TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, RAPID prototyping, SYSTEMS engineering, and GUIDANCE systems (Flight)
A Real Options Valuation Model is developed to recommend how to valuate technology when benefits cannot be measured in monetary value. Expected values of effectiveness are used to select the preferred alternative. The methodology is illustrated using three guidance system technologies in the Army's Javelin program. The strategy created multiple real options that gave the Army the right (without the obligation) to select one guidance system technology based on the outcome of technology development tests. Results indicate the Army paid less than the total value of the options, but could have increased net savings by paying different amounts to test each alternative. The analysis method provides a logical and defendable approach to the analysis of alternatives under technology development uncertainty. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
The article offers information on the importance of innovation in the U.S. Army ability for delivering technologically advanced capabilities to soldiers. Topics include views of former defense secretary Ashton Carter, on same, establishment of the U.S. department of Defense's (DoD) Defense Innovation Advisory Board chaired by Eric Schmidt, and advice provide by board to DoD on key areas central to successful innovation including rapid prototyping.