An integrated approach to the selection process of independent research and development projects
Larson, Carol L.
Boger, Dan C.
Roberts, Nancy C.
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An active independent research and development (IR&D) program is a contributing factor to the U.S. military's reputation for technologically superior weapon systems and combat support equipment. This thesis examines the current selection process of IR&D projects at Naval Research, Development, Test & Evaluations (RDT&E)Centers and develops a recommendation to tailor the selection process to the characteristics of the project under consideration. The U.S. Navy divides its IR&D projects into two categories, independent research (IR) and independent exploratory development (IED). This thesis recommends that a scoring method be used to select IR projects and an economic method be used to select IED projects. The thesis concludes by discussing future issues that will impact the IR&D programs.
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