the Army) and the program. The initial operating plans appear to be resourced.

Finding 5.4: All or part of the elements required for healthy RDT&E activities were missing at the organizations visited by the committee. A successful RDT&E enterprise should include the following elements to ensure clarity of purpose, focus of investments, and coherence of management:

  1. Clear mission and objectives
  2. Continuity in leadership
  3. The ability to understand, accept, and manage risk throughout the process
  4. Predictable and stable funding
  5. Effective asset management at the laboratory level
  6. A sense of excitement and pride in the work among the staff

Of special concern are strained relationships between JSTO-CBD and the laboratories, the new rotational policy for military commanders in the Army, and a trend toward increasing oversight of both technical work and operations at the facilities.

Recommendation 5.2: The DASD(CBD) should formally review alternative laboratory management models, taking advantage of the numerous prior studies, reviews, and evaluations of laboratory and large facility management of S&T organizations. A principal objective is to define the level of stewardship that the program should provide to the principal RDT&E in-house facilities and laboratories.

Scientific Peer Review

Finding 5.5: All programs benefit from scientific peer review when done well, and these reviews keep the skills of scientists and engineers sharp.

Recommendation 5.3: The DASD(CBD) should implement a nested review process for chemical and biological defense RDT&E bound by consistent standards of rigor, frequency, and reporting. The CBDP and its supporting laboratories would each benefit from independent, periodic review at the programmatic and scientific levels. The CBDP should also encourage and participate in institutional reviews. An annual roll-up of review outcomes could help identify thematic areas of promise and concern.



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