Accession Number : ADA317753

Title :   A System for Soliciting and Processing New Ideas/Concepts/Technologies.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Johnston, John D. ; Hartman, Frederick E. ; Lewis, Vern B., Jr. ; Todd, John J. ; Sculley, Jay R.

PDF Url : ADA317753

Report Date : MAY 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 41

Abstract : Pursuant to formal and informal guidance provided by the Honorable Stephen K. Conver the Assistant Secretary of the Army (RDA) (ASA(RDA)) in his letter and informal note dated June 22, 1992, the Army Science Board was directed to review the system the Army has in place to recognize and support good ideas that come to the Army from unsolicited proposals or other procurement vehicles. An ASB ad hoc subgroup was duly established; the initial report was dated April 1993. This final report fulfills all ASB responsibilities indicated in the Terms of Reference and informal handwritten notes of the ASA (RDA) dated January 23, 1992. As a result of the ASB study, four main areas were investigated: (1) system/program for soliciting and processing innovations (new ideas/concepts/technologies), (2) procurement vehicles for processing these innovations, (3) private sector support towards participating/submitting innovations to the Department of the Army, and (4) in-house support towards participating and the new innovations program. As a result of the study, findings and recommendations were identified in each of the four areas. In response to the recommendations, the ASA(RDA) has reorganized programs and has issued new policy guidance for the Army Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and ACT programs.

Descriptors :   *ARMY PLANNING, *PARTICIPATIVE MANAGEMENT, POLICIES, COMMERCE, PROCUREMENT, RESEARCH MANAGEMENT.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE