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Using DTIC as a Program Management Tool

April 8, 2009

Ms. Shari Pitts


Document Processing by the Numbers

Mr. Dave Lehr

Chief, Tactical SIGINT Technology

Program Management Office

National Security Agency


Tactical SIGINT Technology (TST)“Using DTIC as a Program Management Tool”

Dave Lehr

Chief, Tactical SIGINT Technology Program

8 Apr 09

tst mission
TST Mission

Tactical SIGINT Technology

Conducts exploratory and advanced research and development in support of requirements and intelligence needs of combatant commanders.

  • DoD Comptroller Budget Research Activities 2 – 3
  • Technology Readiness Levels (TRL 2-5)
  • Longer term intelligence capability needs
  • Projects span the full spectrum of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
  • Approximately 50 active projects in any given year at Service S&T Laboratories (AFRL, I2WD, NRL, etc) and NSA
  • Primary focus: Risk Reduction / Technology Transition

Delivering Advanced SIGINT Technology Solutions to the Joint Warfighter

tst focus
TST Projects typically fall into one or more of the following portfolio areas:TST Focus
  • Antennas
  • SIGINT Analysis, Production & Management
  • Voice Exploitation
  • Communications Technology
  • Electronic Intelligence (ELINT)
  • Emerging & Anticipatory Technology
  • Geolocation
  • SIGINT Hardware & Software
tst proposal criteria
Criteria Used in Proposal Selection

Tactical Significance/ gaps JCIDS

Technology Transition Potential

Technical Merit/Key Performance Parameters

Financial Feasibility

Past performance


Time to impact

Technology Readiness Level (lower is better)

TST Proposal Criteria
tst project requirements
Projects range from 1 to 3 years

Committed to fund project as long as satisfactory progress is maintained

Quarterly technical progress reviews

Monthly financial progress reviews

Major project brief (Go/No-Go) annually

TST Project Requirements
why dtic

Why TST decided to use DTIC as one of its tools for portfolio management?

tst problems
TST Problems
  • No shared network
  • No central “marketing vehicle” to highlight and share important advances
  • Inefficient Processes for vetting technology proposals

DTIC allows us to have a single space for the important work performed by our partners

DTIC provides us a “showroom” for the technology we develop

  • DTIC provides ability to:
  • Determine duplication of technological effort, Stretch KPPs, and
  • Assess accurate TRL for TST inclusion
tst partnerships
TST Partnerships
  • NSA (SID/RD) – Extended Enterprise (CCs)
  • Service Laboratories
    • AFRL (Rome, Wright-Patterson, Hanscom, Kirtland)
    • I2WD (Ft. Monmouth)
    • Navy (OpNav N20, SPAWAR, NIOC-S, NRL)
  • DoD
    • Military Services (SCEs, Platform PMOs)
    • COCOMS
  • Intelligence Community (CIA, DIA, FBI, etc.)
  • DHS
  • Academia (AFIT, GT, NPS, PSU, Texas, UCSD, UW, VT)
dtic more than just databases
DTIC More Than Just Databases
  • TST invited DTIC personnel to our Annual Project Managers Expectations meeting for FY09 new projects
  • DTIC supplied critical information on
      • Databases
      • Contracts
        • Statement of Work (SOW) and (CDRL)
          • DFARS 235.071(d) S&T reports
          • DFARS 252.235-7011 Final S&T Report
          • DATA RIGHTS
      • Markings
        • Classification: DoDD 5200.1
        • Distribution Statements: DoDD 5230.24
      • Other resources
        • DOD R&E portal, Military Critical Technology List, Military Sensing Information Analysis Center (SENSIAC), Etc.
information analysis centers1
Information Analysis Centers
  • Through DTIC, TST discovered the Military Sensing Information Analysis Center (SENSIAC)
  • Established a Technical Area Task (TAT) which provides an unlimited government and industry-wide cost reimbursable task order contract option.
  • Expeditious executions help TST meet DoD funding goals
dtic and tst
  • TST found DTIC while researching a proposal for technical merit on
  • Met with representatives of DTIC and received GREAT advice
  • Implemented DTIC formally into our proposal processes
    • Proposal Manager must search DTIC prior to submitting proposals to TST
        • Eliminates duplication of effort
        • Highlights other scientific experts that might help collaborate
        • Ensures proposed research is advancing the state of the art
    • Funded proposals must post unclassified research summaries/updates into DTIC and submit a final reports where appropriate
    • DTIC reference # confirms that an entry has been made.
Working to showcase TST on DoDTechipedia

DTIC forum designed to increase communication and collaboration among DoD scientists, engineers, program managers and operational Warfighters

Enables collaboration on technological solutions, reduce costs, add capability and avoid duplication

DoDTechipedia will aid in the rapid development of technology and the discovery of innovative solutions to meet critical capability needs and gaps

sigint exemption
SIGINT Exemption
  • SIGINT is exempted from mandatory use of DTIC and from DODD3200.12
  • TST clearly sees the value to utilizing the Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP) principles, practices and DTIC infrastructure to improve, capture, track and leverage the TST
  • RDT&E investments
    • Projects above SECRET, TST will utilize our Intelink Sharepoint site
    • We still require TST participants to publish a small unclassified technical report pointing to TS report and POC for maximum exposure
dtic and tst1
Partnership Continues

DTIC scheduled to provide an informational briefing to our Project Managers at the upcoming “Expectations Meeting for FY10”

Expectations Meeting is where TST educates Service S&T PMs on the TST program management processes and procedures.




points of contact
Points of Contact

Mr. Dave Lehr

National Security Agency


Ms. Shari Pitts

Defense Technical Information Center