Category Archives: November-December 2015

Bridging the Technology Valley of Death in Joint Medical Development


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Authors: Anthony E. Pusateri, Ph.D., Victor W. Macdonald, Ph.D., Michael B. Given, Ph.D., Scott F. Walter, P.E., W. Keith Prusaczyk, Ph.D.

One of the most difficult transitions in a product’s life cycle is the transition from the science and technology (S&T) environment to advanced development (AD). Transition planning is necessary to bridge this technology “Valley of Death” in which promising technologies frequently are delayed or fail to make the transition. Without successful transitions, intellectual and financial investments in research do not translate to improved capabilities for the U.S. military. Early and thorough transition planning is key to success.

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Early Birds in Korea ”Exporting” Defense AT&L Has Far-Reaching Impact


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Authors: DT Tripp and Hwa Yu

“The early bird catches the worm.” Who doesn’t know this proverb? A study club in the Republic of Korea (ROK) defense acquisition agency was born and has grown with this phrase as the key tenet of its effort to improve defense acquisition professionalism by studying the Defense AT&L magazine published for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). The study club’s name originated from that tenet as the “Early Birds Study”—or the EBS, for short. This year, the EBS will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its foundation and is almost as old as the South Korean Government organization of which it is part.

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Airborne, All The Way, 3D From the Sky Approach for an Air Drop Capable, Medium Tactical Vehicle


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Author: CPT Peter F. Syverson, USA

In warfighting today, the U.S. military rolls into combat with heavily armored vehicles capable of protecting their occupants from large and highly lethal improvised explosive device (IED) blasts. Given that threat, it would seem surprising that our forces still require unarmored vehicles for combat missions.

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“This Is Your Brain… .” – A Decision-Making Machine


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Authors: Roy Wood  and  Patrick Barker

Wood is Acting Vice President of the Defense Acquisition University. Barker is a Professor at the Defense Systems Management College.

The lump of gray matter you call your brain has vast computing power that performs a plethora of vital tasks. It regulates your bodily functions, movements and emotions. It processes and makes sense of incoming sights, sounds, smells and touch sensations. The brain can store years of memories and allow you to perform complex tasks such as analysis, reasoning, goal setting and planning.

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