At any given time, the Coast Guard’s Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) program is working on more than 80 projects that support Coast Guard requirements across all mission areas. The RDT&E program comprises the Office of RDT&E at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the Research and Development Center (RDC) at New London, Connecticut. The RDC is the Coast Guard’s sole facility performing applied RDT&E experimentation and demonstrations.
Why does the Coast Guard have an RDT&E program?
The RDT&E program enhances acquisition and mission execution by helping transition new technologies into 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 program tackle projects?
The RDT&E 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. Examples of partners include the Office of Naval Research and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
RDT&E programs fall into five main program areas.