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Technical intelligence and the operational art
Author(s): James B. Longley
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Paper Abstract

The scientific method applies to more than science or technology. It has application equally to processes of technical development, invention, innovation, communications, practical application and, ultimately, operations. Differences between the practice of pure science and the themes of effective operations exist only in terms of the ultimate objective and the standards by which success is measured. The standard for science is proof of concept; the standard for operations is a particular utility or effectiveness in solving an operational problem. The scientific method is ideally able to manage each process against distinct objectives and still achieve the desired success. This paper discusses the tension between the two orientations and argues for the application of the scientific method to the urgent need for changes to obsolete organizational structures and processes that impede the effective implementation of new capabilities into operations. This must occur even as, simultaneously, we must operate within these obsolete structures to achieve the transition results we desire.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7324, Atmospheric Propagation VI, 73240Q (20 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.822544
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James B. Longley, DIRITECH, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7324:
Atmospheric Propagation VI
Linda M. Wasiczko Thomas; G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Editor(s)

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