The Coast Guard’s Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) and Innovation Program is the Coast Guard’s leading office conducting applied RDT&E experimentations and demonstrations. At any given time it is working on more than 40 research and innovation projects that support Coast Guard requirements spanning all 11 mission areas.
Why does the Coast Guard have an RDT&E and Innovation Program?
The RDT&E and Innovation Program enhances acquisition and mission execution by conducting applied research and bringing technological advancements and innovation to the service’s operational forces. The program also provides Coast Guard leadership with knowledge necessary for making strategic decisions. Test and evaluation activities support the entire Coast Guard in requirements verification planning, including mission-specific test preparation and deck-plate procedure execution.
How does the RDT&E and Innovation Program tackle projects?
The RDT&E and Innovation Program pursues technologies that provide incremental improvements as well as those with the greatest potential to strategically transform the way the Coast Guard does business.
The program leverages partnerships with academia, other government agencies and private industry to anticipate and research solutions to future technological challenges.
The program utilizes multiple avenues to accomplish its goals: