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Committee on Experimentation and Rapid Prototyping in Support of Counterterrorism Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
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Committee on Experimentation and Rapid Prototyping in Support of Counterterrorism Paul G. Kaminski, Technovation, Inc., Chair Charles E. (PETE) Adolph, Independent Consultant, Albuquerque, NewÂ Mexico Alfred O. Awani, The Boeing Company W. Peter Cherry, Science Applications International Corporation John D. Christie, LMI Lee M. Hammarstrom, Applied Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University Harry W. Jenkins, Independent Consultant, Gainesville, Virginia Annette J. Krygiel, Independent Consultant, Great Falls, Virginia VERNE L. (Larry) Lynn, Independent Consultant, Williamsburg, Virginia Stephen D. Milligan, BBN Technologies Arthur A. Morrish, L-3 Communications Stephen M. Robinson, University of Wisconsin-Madison Ann E. Speed, Sandia National Laboratories H. Eugene Stanley, Boston University Staff Charles F. Draper, Director MARTA V. HERNANDEZ, Study Director BILLY M. WILLIAMS, Acting Study Director (March 23, 2009, to June 15, 2009) RAYMOND S. WIDMAYER, Senior Program Officer SUSAN G. CAMPBELL, Administrative Coordinator MARY G. GORDON, Information Officer SEKOU O. JACKSON, Senior Program Assistant
Preface The Department of Defenseâs (DODâs) 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review highlights the need for U.S. military forces to adapt and reorient âto produce a truly integrated joint force that is more agile, more rapidly deployable, and more capable against the wider range of threats,â particularly the nontraditional, asymmetric challenges of this new century. For example, in Iraq and Afghani- stan, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have become the weapon most often employed against U.S. (and coalition) forces by insurgents and terrorists, who have shown an ability to exploit available and advanced technologies to carry out such attacks. Furthermore, with access to a wide range of commercially available technologies, insurgents and terrorists have shown a âcycle of adaptationâ of less than 12 months to responses by U.S. forces to counter IED attacks. This constantly evolving threat requires U.S. military forces to adapt and respond more rapidly with modified tactics, technologies, and/or equipment than traditional DOD doctrinal, requirements, and acquisition processes provide for. In particular, experimentation and rapid prototyping have played key roles in the DODâs efforts to develop these new technologies, equipment, and corresponding tactics. In response to this need for new technologies, the Rapid Reaction Technol- ogy Office (RRTO) was established in 2006 under the Director, Defense Research â Department of Defense. 2006. 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review, Washington, D.C., February 6. vii
viii preface and Engineering, within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. It is focused on developing technologies that can mature in 6 to 18 months for purposes of counterterrorism. In short, the RRTO provides a diverse set of quick-response capabilities for counterterrorism while also attempting to stimulate interagency coordination and cooperation. While the RRTO has enjoyed what appears to be strong program success according to the committeeâs review of the projects sponsored and supported by the RRTO, the agency seeks to understand and address barriers to and opportuni- ties for meeting future counterterrorism needsâincluding the need to accelerate the transition of technologies for counterterrorism with an eye to countering emerging and anticipated threats. This report responds to a request for a review of RRTO approaches and provides a set of recommendations for potential improve- ments to help meet these needs for rapid technology development. Terms of Reference At the request of the director of the Rapid Reaction Technology Office, the National Research Council established the Committee on Experimentation and Rapid Prototyping in Support of Counterterrorism. Specifically, the committee was tasked with the following: â¢ Review the current experimentation and rapid prototyping approaches utilized by RRTO for counterterrorism; â¢ Identify potential barriers, both within RRTO and outside RRTO, that inhibit accelerating the transition of developments in science and technology to support counterterrorism applications; and â¢ Recommend potential improvements to RRTO approaches, including areas for future focus that can further accelerate the fielding of affordable, sustainable capabilities and concepts to counter emerging threats. The COMMITTEEâs Approach The committee was first convened in October 2008. It held additional meet- ings and site visits over a period of 4 months, both to gather input from the rel- evant communities and to discuss its findings and recommendations. The agendas of the meetings are summarized below. â Effective August 21, 2009, the Rapid Reaction Technology Office was subsumed under the new Office of the Director, Rapid Fielding, which will report to the Director, Defense Research and Engineering. â this report, counterterrorism includes efforts to counter insurgency and irregular warfare and to In conduct all other associated efforts, but not conventional warfare. â Biographies of its members are provided in Appendix A.
preface ix â¢ October 16-17, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Inaugural meeting. Briefings on experimentation and rapid prototyping test cases and perspectives: Rapid Reaction Technology Office, Defense Research and Engineering, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization; Department of Home- land Security; and Federal Bureau of Investigation. â¢ November 18, 2008, in Yuma, Arizona. Site visit to the Joint Experimenta- tion Range Complex, Yuma Proving Ground. â¢ November 20, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Site visit to the Rapid Reaction Technology Office. â¢ December 15-16, 2008, in Washington, D.C. Briefings on experimenta- tion and rapid prototyping perspectives: Under Secretary of Defense for Acqui- sition, Technology and Logistics; Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence; Special Operations Command; U.S. Armyâs Rapid Equipping Force; Air Force Research Laboratory; Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Joint Capa- bility Technology Demonstrations Office; Defense Threat Reduction Agency; and Office of Director of National Intelligence. â¢ January 7-8, 2009, in Washington, D.C. Committee deliberations and report drafting. The months between the committeeâs last meeting and the publication of the report were spent preparing the draft manuscript, gathering additional infor- mation, reviewing and responding to the external review comments, editing the report, and conducting the security review needed to produce an unclassified and unrestricted report.
Acknowledgment of Reviewers This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Councilâs Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evi- dence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Paul M. Bevilaqua, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Gerald G. Brown, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Marion R. Bryson, Mililani, Hawaii, Ruth A. David, Analytical Services (ANSER), Inc., William J. Hurley, Institute for Defense Analyses, Larry G. Lehowicz, MG, USA (retired), Quantum Research International, Ronald Sega, Colorado State University Research Foundation, and Cindy Williams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommenda- tions, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by John F. Ahearne, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research xi
xii ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF REVIEWERS Society. Appointed by the National Research Council, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were care- fully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.
Contents SUMMARY 1 1 INTRODUCTION 9 Experimentation and Rapid Prototyping, 10 Organization of This Report, 10 2 RAPID REACTION TECHNOLOGY OFFICE 12 What Is the Rapid Reaction Technology Office? 12 What Does the Rapid Reaction Technology Office Do? 18 How Does the Rapid Reaction Technology Office Work? 25 Differences Between the Rapid Reaction Technology Office and Other Acquisition Organizations, 26 Keys to the Success of the Organization, 29 3 ANALYSIS OF CURRENT APPROACHES AND SUGGESTED IMPROVEMENTS 30 Strengths of the Rapid Reaction Technology Office, 30 Perceived Weaknesses, 34 Potential Issues That Could Impact the Organizationâs Future Effectiveness, 35 Potential Improvements, 41 Additional Suggested Initiatives, 46 Why Is the Rapid Reaction Technology Office Needed? 48 4 FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 51 xiii
xiv CONTENTS APPENDIXES A Committee and Staff Biographies 57 B Acronyms and Abbreviations 63 C Rapid Reaction Technology Office Test Planning, Conduct, Analysis, and Reporting 67 D Representative Projects of the Rapid Reaction Technology Office 72 E Disruptive Threats and Department of Defense Acquisition 87