improvement in collaboration and partnering with other organizations, SLAD needs to provide a clear demonstration of the sharing of resources and assignments between parties of a defined collaboration.
SLAD personnel need to document their work much better, including their innovations and test methodologies, instead of framing their documentation as internal progress reports. To become the leader in any field, they need to generalize their work enough to publish it, especially lessons learned! They should be keeping their innovations and test methodologies in some sort of ongoing documentation. “Publication” has been widely defined by SLAD to include a few open-literature publications, some technical reports of unknown provenance in regard to critical technical review, and many internal documents and presentations. There is a lack of scientific or technical peer review and thus scant traditional independent evidence of the rigor, efficacy, currency, correctness, and technical quality of the work.
Entry into certain communities can be very difficult unless one is contributing to the research. Small Business Innovation Research programs provide opportunities for collaborating with industry to do unique research with relatively little effort. SLAD personnel and programs should be taking advantage of University Affiliated Research Centers, including those in biotechnology and in soldier survivability. SLAD should approach the Department of Homeland Security; they both should be able to collaborate in the area of survivability and lethality, possibly through other national laboratories. SLAD should work with its contractors to define DARPA-funded survivability programs.
The Survivability and Lethality Analysis Directorate provides sound support of the assessment and evaluation of the survivability, lethality, and vulnerability of Army equipment and soldier systems to ensure that soldiers and systems can survive and function reliably in the full spectrum of battlefield environments. The directorate is well staffed with bright, creative professionals enthusiastic about their mission, and its facilities include state-of-the-art laboratories. SLAD has many opportunities to expand its testing and evaluation base through select program expansion aimed at developing tools and methodologies to broaden its analysis capabilities and to define and maintain the competitive edge required to be the Army’s primary source for SLV assessment. The SoSA and MUVES 3 programs continue to be of concern, but with appropriate focus these programs can grow to become foundations of the SLAD analysis capabilities.