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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1996. World-Class Research and Development: Characteristics for an Army Research, Development, and Engineering Organization. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5486.
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WORLD-CLASS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Characteristics for an Army Research, Development, and Engineering Organization

Standing Committee on Program and Technical Review of the U.S. Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center

Board on Army Science and Technology

Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems

National Research Council

NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
Washington, D.C.
1996

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1996. World-Class Research and Development: Characteristics for an Army Research, Development, and Engineering Organization. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5486.
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NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competencies and with regard for appropriate balance.

This report has been reviewed by a group other than the authors according to procedures approved by a Report Review Committee consisting of members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit, self-perpetuating society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Upon the authority of the charter granted to it by the Congress in 1863, the Academy has a mandate that requires it to advise the federal government on scientific and technical matters. Dr. Bruce M. Alberts is president of the National Academy of Sciences.

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The National Research Council was organized by the National Academy of Sciences in 1916 to associate the broad community of science and technology with the Academy's purposes of furthering knowledge and advising the federal government. Functioning in accordance with general policies determined by the Academy, the Council has become the principal operating agency of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. The council is administered jointly by both Academies and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Bruce M. Alberts and Dr. William A. Wulf are chairman and interim vice chairman, respectively, of the National Research Council.

This is a report of work supported by Contract DAAK60-95-C-2069 between the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Command, Acquisition Directorate, and the National Academy of Sciences.

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1996. World-Class Research and Development: Characteristics for an Army Research, Development, and Engineering Organization. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5486.
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Standing Committee on Program and Technical Review of the U.S. Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center

JOSEPH F. SOUKUP (chair),

Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, Virginia

DONALD L. ZINK (vice chair),

Nestle USA, Glendale, California

BISHNU S. ATAL,

AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey

HAROLD R. BOOHER, Senior Executive Service (retired),

Baltimore, Maryland

PHILIP EBERT,

DuPont Company (retired), Wilmington, Delaware

CHRISTINE HAILEY,

Utah State University, Logan

DENNIS R. HELDMAN,

University of Missouri, Columbia

RICHARD M. HODGETTS,

Florida International University, Miami

FRANK K. KO,

Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

PARRY M. NORLING,

DuPont Central Research & Development, Wilmington, Delaware

ALAN B. PERKINS,

MITRE Corporation, Huntsville, Alabama

JANICE A. PHILLIPS,

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Board on Army Science and Technology Liaison

JOYCE L. SHIELDS,

Hay Management Consultants, Arlington, Virginia

Staff

BRUCE A. BRAUN, Director,

Division of Military Science and Technology and Study Director

E. VINCENT HOLAHAN, Study Director (to May, 1996)

NORMAN M. HALLER, Consultant

JACQUELINE A. CAMPBELL-JOHNSON, Senior Program Assistant

Army Liaison

ROBERT W. LEWIS,

U.S. Army Soldier Systems Command, Natick, Massachusetts

PHILIP BRANDLER,

U.S. Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center, Natick, Massachusetts

PETER F. DeCOSTA,

U.S. Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center, Natick, Massachusetts

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1996. World-Class Research and Development: Characteristics for an Army Research, Development, and Engineering Organization. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5486.
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BOARD ON ARMY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

GENERAL GLENN K. OTIS (chair),

U.S. Army (retired), Newport News, Virginia

CHRISTOPHER C. GREEN (vice chair),

General Motors Corporation, Warren, Michigan

ROBERT A. BEAUDET,

University of Southern California, Los Angeles

GARY L. BORMAN,

University of Wisconsin, Madison

ALBERTO COLL,

U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island

LAWRENCE J. DELANEY,

BDM Europe, Berlin, Germany

GENERAL WILLIAM H. FORSTER,

U.S. Army (retired), Northrop Grumman Corporation, Westinghouse Electronics Systems, Baltimore, Maryland

ROBERT J. HEASTON,

Guidance and Control Information Analysis Center (retired), Chicago, Illinois

THOMAS McNAUGHER,

Arroyo Center, RAND Corporation, Washington, D.C.

NORMAN F. PARKER,

Varian Associates (retired), Cardiff by the Sea, California

STEWART D. PERSONICK,

Bell Communications Research, Inc., Morristown, New Jersey

KATHLEEN J. ROBERTSON,

Booz, Allen & Hamilton, McLean, Virginia

JAY P. SANFORD,

University of Texas Southwestern Health Sciences Center at Dallas

HARVEY W. SCHADLER,

General Electric Corporation, Schenectady, New York

JOYCE L. SHIELDS,

Hay Management Consultants, Arlington, Virginia

CLARENCE G. THORNTON,

Army Research Laboratories (retired), Colts Neck, New Jersey

JOHN D. VENABLES,

Venables & Associates, Towson, Maryland

ALLEN C. WARD,

Ward Synthesis, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Staff

BRUCE A. BRAUN, Director

ALVERA V. GIRCYS, Administrative Associate

MARGO L. FRANCESCO, Administrative Associate

JACQUELINE A. CAMPBELL-JOHNSON, Senior Project Assistant

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1996. World-Class Research and Development: Characteristics for an Army Research, Development, and Engineering Organization. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5486.
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Preface

This report is the first of a two-phase response to a request that the National Research Council (NRC) assess the U.S. Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center (RDEC). This report defines the characteristics of a world-class research, development, and engineering (RD&E) organization and the associated metrics, which will then be used to assess the RDEC. The results of that assessment will appear in a later report, which will complete the second phase of the NRC response.

We are fortunate to have as members of this committee experts in the assessment of RD&E organizations as well as in the products and technologies at the Natick RDEC. The merits of this mix were evident in our exploration of the meaning of world-class performance, especially in a military organization.

Given the captive nature of Army RD&E organizations, we first confronted the question of whether or not the characteristics and metrics for world-class performance were relevant. Unlike athletes who compete in the Olympics, it is difficult to compare military RD&E organizations with one another. Some military RD&E organizations are unique, or nearly so. Also, military secrecy is an obstacle to open competition. Ultimately, the outcome of a battle or a war may furnish a convenient, albeit imperfect, measure of the excellence of military RD&E.

Despite these difficulties, we decided that characteristics and metrics for world-class performance of military RD&E organizations are relevant. We took the view that attributes associated with world-class civilian organizations—especially organizations with strong programs in research and development—can provide a valid guide for defining and characterizing world-class performance in organizations like Army RDECs.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1996. World-Class Research and Development: Characteristics for an Army Research, Development, and Engineering Organization. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5486.
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Our thinking about world-class performance was supported and broadened by the contributions of many experts from industry, academia, and government (see the appendix and reference sections). Their input was invaluable. After considering the various characteristics that can be used for assessing excellence, we recognized that a substantial degree of judgment is involved. For example, the number of characteristics and their level of specificity are matters of judgment. We have yet to find a standard that fits all situations. After becoming familiar with the large body of opinion on this subject, the final judgments concerning the characteristics and metrics used in this report were made solely by the committee.

Joseph Soukup, chairman

Standing Committee on Program and Technical Review of the U.S. Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1996. World-Class Research and Development: Characteristics for an Army Research, Development, and Engineering Organization. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5486.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1996. World-Class Research and Development: Characteristics for an Army Research, Development, and Engineering Organization. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/5486.
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Tables and Figures

TABLES

 3-1

 

Important Features of the Five Pillars,

 

29

 4-1

 

Metrics of the Customer Focus Pillar,

 

42

 4-2

 

Metrics of the Resources and Capabilities Pillar,

 

44

 4-3

 

Metrics of the Strategic Vision Pillar,

 

52

 4-4

 

Metrics of the Value Creation Pillar,

 

56

 4-5

 

Metrics of the Quality Focus Pillar,

 

60

 4-6

 

Organizational Assessment,

 

66

FIGURES

 2-1

 

Relationship of the Components of World-Class R&D Organizations,

 

19

 4-1

 

Research, Development, and Engineering as a System,

 

36

 4-2

 

Spider Diagram,

 

39

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