Strengthening Government Laboratory and Technology Programs: Some thoughts for DHS
Center for Technology and National Security Policy
Defense Technlogy Paper #83
"Strengthening Government Laboratory and Technology Programs: Some Thoughts for the Department of Homeland Security."
By Samuel Musa, Richard Chait, Vincent Russo, and Donna Back.
To properly analyze best approaches to science and technology leadership and decision making in the Department of Defense (DoD) laboratories, the Homeland Security team at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy compiled a study on the management and organization of such laboratories and presented lessons learned from DoD Laboratory management to the DHS Laboratory directors.
The CTNSP team relied on the personal experience gained by its members, and conducted research into existing methods and practices outlined in journals, periodicals and publications dealing with the topic of managing scientific laboratories. The material in the manuscript is a synthesis of two parts: an excerpt from the book, The Splendid Leader, by Vincent Russo, former Executive Director of the U.S. Air Force Aeronautical Systems Center, which introduces a framework for developing leaders; as well as material from the ongoing research performed by the CTNSP team.
The concepts presented here summarize the result of reviews of relevant academic research, exposure to broad executive training, consultation with government leaders, and extensive experience by the authors in leading a variety of organizations. Application of these concepts will help science and technology organizations fulfill their vision, achieve their mission, and produce a dedicated, productive, and motivated workforce.
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