An analysis of the organizational structure of Redstone Test Center's Environment and Components Test Directorate with regard to instrumentation design capabilities
Jones, Raymond D.
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This research provides an analysis of the organizational structure of Redstone Test Center's Environment and Components Test Directorate, with specific regard to its instrumentation design and development capabilities, for the purpose of identifying opportunities to improve communication, standardization, and efficiency. Redstone Test Center (RTC) is one of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command's test centers and is responsible for testing a variety of missiles, sensors, and Army aviation platforms. To accomplish this testing and provide value for customers, it is often necessary to build customized engineering design solutions to command and control the systems under test, to acquire test data, or to simulate real-world operation. RTC has a cadre of technically savvy engineers tasked with designing and developing these innovative test solutions. However, these engineers are isolated from each other organizationally, such that communication and collaboration are not common. Inefficiency is rife, and standardization of processes and procedures is almost nonexistent. This research found that these problems could be corrected through organizational changes, grouping the instrumentation design engineers together. The research also found that creating a leadership position tasked with promoting communication, efficiency, and standardization is also necessary to achieve these goals.
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