Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Emerging Capabilities and Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Response Technology Office
With wave after wave of new inventions and technologies rewriting the rules of warfare at an ever-increasing pace, attempting to identify which matter and which don’t – and why – is an immense but increasingly critical challenge for the U.S. Government and its allies. It is important to develop the organizational methods, tools and training to allow the Department of Defense (DoD) to navigate an advantageous path in this highly dynamic problem space.
WHAT NOETIC DID
Noetic identified three distinct focus areas, that helped DoD drive acquisition objectives through rapid/agile technology development and enhanced organizational processes. The three focus areas are:
- Future Focus. Improved management approaches to develop/mitigate potentially game-changing capability, and best orient technology plans and portfolios under a strategic construct while remaining responsive and agile to change.
Supply an organizational framework providing better clarity and direction to personnel developing and executing technology plans and project portfolios, and best orients partners and providers supporting them, while clearly deconflicting the office from other future-focused capability organizations.
- Process Focus, Created repeatable/transferable processes– to include definition and measurement of return on investment, success criteria for projects, definition and expectations around transition of technology and projects, investment criteria, project design, and roles and responsibilities
- People Focus. There were two objectives idenitified: Organization Specific Training and Individual Specific Training.
This project identified likely technologies that may feed into future capability development and, as importantly, recognized technology fields, development and investment processes, to avoid so good investment choices are made. . Additionally, the project put innovative and non-traditional stakeholders in the same room as warfighters, red team contrarians, legal and ethical communities, and policymakers to help advance collective thinking. The holistic insights gained will help identify implications of future technologies on warfare and the policy questions beyond the lab and the battlefield, which so often shapes final use. Finally, this forum will present an opportunity for officers and defense planners to gain further understanding of the direction and trends of key emerging technologies—military and commercial—that support the warfighting functions, while keeping an eye towards agile innovation.