success are difficult to measure in such efforts, and appropriators and program managers alike want to ensure that the implementers have accurate, timely feedback on progress to guide the Program, and that funds spent on the Program are expended effectively.

BRIEF BACKGROUND ON DOD CTR METRICS REPORT

DoD issued a report on metrics for the CTR programs titled “Report on Metrics for the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, September 2010.” (see Appendix B).14 The DoD Metrics Report consists of a brief introduction followed by descriptions of the metrics for all but one of the CTR programs: CBEP Program, the Chemical Weapons Elimination Program, the Nuclear Weapons Safety and Security Program, and the WMD Proliferation Prevention Program. The Strategic Offensive Arms Elimination Program was not included because that program uses the “Nunn-Lugar Scorecard” metrics, and will continue to do so until that mission is completed.

SCOPE OF THIS ACADEMY REPORT

This report provides the study committee’s assessment of the metrics in the DoD Metrics Report, including the feasibility of using the metrics (can these measurements be made?), their alignment with the objectives of the program (do these metrics reveal progress toward the stated objectives of the program?), and their usefulness to people with responsibility for implementing, directing, overseeing, or otherwise supporting the program. To the extent that there are shortcomings in the proposed DoD metrics, the committee tries to provide useful suggestions for how to improve the metrics and the use of metrics overall. The committee does not recommend specific alternative metrics, but does recommend what it considers a more effective approach for DoD to use in developing metrics. DoD has to develop its own metrics with its partners. In the report, the committee provides an example of its recommended approach applied to CBEP.

image

create a biological weapon that could cause billions of dollars of damage to our economy (one expert said that amount could even be “pocket-sized”). With the capability already spread widely, intent is more important now, and to know and affect intent the program must communicate with capable and knowledgeable individuals with whom we have built some degree of understanding and, in some cases, even trust.

14 The DoD Metrics Report is refreshingly brief, but unusual in that it has no indication of who wrote the report, and has no trappings of an official document (e.g., the agency name or seal, document number).



The National Academies | 500 Fifth St. N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20001
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use and Privacy Statement