Performer-determined Goals

The Marine Corps has no full-time organization analogous to the Navy’s N91 that can set S&T goals based on its oversight of the research, development, test, and evaluation budget and the difficulties in meeting operational requirements encountered by system developers. Formerly, Marine Corps S&T goals were set by occasional roundtables of technology suppliers and users; recently, a working group was established that has resolved to meet periodically.

This situation, combined with the lack of quantitative system analysis as discussed above in “ Lack of Quantitative System Analyses ” (page 11), the relative inexperience of some Code 353 personnel in the management of S&T, and the consequent delegation of technical oversight to the system command warfare centers that execute the program, may have led to a portfolio of projects within which priorities and goals were set by the performers on the basis of their capabilities and desires rather than Marine Corps needs.

ORGANIZATION OF THIS REPORT

Each of the five chapters ( Chapter 2 , Chapter 3 , Chapter 4 , Chapter 5 through Chapter 6 ) that follow pertains to one of the five MCCDC imperatives. Each chapter begins with an overview of the imperative, proceeds to the findings and recommendations for each project presented to the committee at its May 2000 meeting, and concludes with suggestions for other S&T investments and general remarks. The next two chapters ( Chapters 7 and Chapter 8 ) follow a similar outline for 6.1 programs and for the Extending the Littoral Battlespace (ELB) advanced concept technology demonstration (ACTD), which is not part of Code 353’s program and is managed by another division in ONR’s Naval Expeditionary Warfare S&T Department.

These chapters are followed by a final chapter ( Chapter 9 ) presenting suggestions for improved program effectiveness and integration with the Marine Corps. Appendix A reproduces the terms of reference under which the committee operated, Appendix B presents highlights from three past training and education studies, Appendix C gives short biographies of the committee members, and Appendix D defines the acronyms used in this report.



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