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Acquisition Update: RDT&E Evaluates Potential Research Projects

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CG leadership discuss RDT&E potential projects

Senior leadership from throughout the Coast Guard and external agencies met March 29-30, 2017, to discuss the prospective fiscal year 2018 Research, Development, Test and Evaluation project portfolio. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Vance Murphy.


The Coast Guard Office of Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) held an assessment of prospective portfolio (APP) March 29-30 at the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Connecticut, to consider potential research projects proposed by active duty and civilian personnel throughout the Coast Guard. Members of the panel included flag officers, Senior Executive Service staff, senior RDT&E program officials, and stakeholders and subject matter experts from across the Coast Guard. Representatives from other government agencies also attended, including DHS’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office; the DHS Science and Technology’s Borders and Maritime Security Division, Office of University Programs and Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency; and the Office of Naval Research.

The proposed projects were evaluated at an Idea Submission Review (ISR) in December 2016. The ISR provides an opportunity for stakeholders throughout the Coast Guard to discuss their priorities and provide input on submitted ideas. After discussing the ideas, participants voted on which ideas they believe would provide the highest return on investment to the service. The result was a rank ordered list of stakeholder priorities used to guide the project portfolio process.

Over the next few months, the RDT&E Program will prepare project execution plans that lay out expected budgets, resource plans, anticipated milestones and other important details. The projects will be compiled into a proposed portfolio and submitted to Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer and Director of Acquisition Services James Knight, who serves as RDT&E program executive and will approve the final 2018 project portfolio.

For more information: Research, Development, Test and Evaluation program page