laboratory management that could be considered. Overall facility management, which includes infrastructure, workforce, and research program management within the facility, plays a critical role in the stewardship necessary to support a successful S&T related endeavor. This stewardship also extends to funding and directing the scientific work of the program.

Successful Laboratory Management

The CBDP relies upon a laboratory network and test ranges to provide RDT&E and produce products critical to the chemical and biological defense of the nation. The network consists of DoD owned and operated laboratories (e.g., USAMRIID, ECBC, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), NSRDEC, and Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dahlgren), DOE national laboratories (e.g., LANL, SNL, LLNL, Pacific Northwestern National Laboratory (PNNL)), FFRDCs (Federally Funded Research and Development Centers), non-profit entities (e.g., Battelle), for-profit commercial laboratories, and universities. At many of the facilities the committee visited, the recent construction of new buildings will provide new capacity for RDT&E, adding both additional space and additional technical functionality.

Successful RDT&E leading to fielded systems1 is a long (perhaps a decade or more), arduous process. In the committee’s view, a successful RDT&E program requires at least the following six 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

In the following sections, these elements will be defined and subsequently discussed in the context of the CBDP.


1 Fielded systems are not exclusively hardware or medical countermeasures. For example, they may include an operational diagnostic and analysis systems including collection, transportation, analysis, and identification including all the required infrastructure, protocols, routinely exercised.

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