Bureaucratic Nirvana: Life in the Center of the Box: Gaining Peace, Enlightenment and Potential Funding in the Pentagon R&D Bureaucracy

 
9780985248390: Bureaucratic Nirvana: Life in the Center of the Box: Gaining Peace, Enlightenment and Potential Funding in the Pentagon R&D Bureaucracy

How do the gears of governmental research and development (R&D) funding grind to assess, allocate and maintain myriad proposals, projects, and programs? Understanding the intricacies of the Pentagon R&D structure and function is vital for the survival of the new governmental employee, and sustained success of more seasoned professionals. This information is equally important for researchers, contractors and administrators who work with Pentagon R&D agencies, as it clarifies the workings of this vast- and often confusing- system. Hugh Montgomery brings more than four decades of experience, a significant portion of which was spent as the Department of Navy senior career civilian for science and technology (S&T) requirements and resources – and Resource Sponsor for the programs executed by the Office of Naval Research, to afford a better understanding of how to approach the vast federal system for funding or information. As well, his insights can relate to other public – and private – sector bureaucracies. In creating a roadmap toward “...peace, enlightenment and potential funding in the Pentagon R&D bureaucracy”, Montgomery describes an often dry and moribund federal system as an unexpectedly interesting entity. A “how-to” primer, this updated 2nd edition begins with the basics of the President’s budget and culminates in the sophisticated machinations of the Pentagon's R&D funding hierarchy. Case examples gained through decades of experience provide a thorough guide to the practices – and pitfalls – that affect a successful career in governmental R&D.

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Hugh E. Montgomery is a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, following a 35-year career as a Naval scientist and Senior Executive. He served for five years in an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment as the Executive Director of the Institute for Defense and Homeland Security, and also served as a member of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Energy Strategy. He has focused his efforts on two strategic goals: (1) national energy security; and (2) reinvigoration of the national Science and Technology base and Research and Development infrastructure. Mr. Montgomery served for 16 years on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. As the Department of Navy senior career civilian for Science and Technology requirements and resources, he was Resource Sponsor of a $3 billion R&D account, including all S&T programs executed by the Office of Naval Research. He was the creator of Advanced TechnologyDemonstrations (ATDs) for technology transition and an architect of the Future Naval Capabilities planning process. Mr. Montgomery was the first civilian Technical Director of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory and served for four years on the senior staff of the Office of Naval Technology. As the first DON Industry Independent Research and Development (IR&D) Manager, he created and managed the system for oversight and assessment of the multi-billion dollar industry IR&D investment. Mr. Montgomery served for 12 years as a Spotsylvania County Planning Commissioner, and is active currently on the Virginia Commission on Energy and Environment and the Virginia Transportation Accountability Commission.Mr. Montgomery received a BS Degree in Physics and Mathematics from Mississippi College and an MS Degree in Physics from the University of Tennessee. His Physics Ph.D. was completed but not formally awarded, after two dissertation topics each became classified. He also is an International Security Policy graduate of the Kennedy School of Harvard University and an alumnus of the Federal Executive Institute. Mr. Montgomery lectures frequently on national and international Science and Technology policy, and has published as an authority on R&D, energy and incendiary materials. He was the first person to receive twice the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Navy's highest civilian award.

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