Sarah M. Pak

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Master of Science in Operations Research


Department of Operational Sciences

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Christopher M. Smith, PhD.


The Air Force provides unique capabilities for the defense of our nation. Capabilities do not come to fruition instantly; they must go through a development process. Managing the development of a capability is a difficult but necessary task. In 2016, a report from the Air Force Studies Board prompted the Air Force to focus on the Capability Development Process and its improvement. In response to the report, the Strategic Development Planning & Experimentation (SDPE) Office was formed. The SDPE Office is tasked to support Enterprise Capability Collaboration Teams (ECCTs), which are, in turn, tasked to research and solve prominent issues articulated by Air Force leadership. To support ECCTs and the Capability Development Council, the SDPE Office must manage capability development. This research investigates how other Military Services and civilian service sectors handle capability development. The results from this analysis will provide the SDPE Office recommendations for managing responsibilities, based on the best practices found among the organizations studied.

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