Technology innovation and development within NASA are performed through many Programs, both under the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), as well as within the NASA Mission Directorates. Coordinating and integrating NASA’s various technology development efforts to ensure an effective and balanced response to meet the Agency’s Strategic Goals, Outcomes and Objectives is a direct responsibility of OCT Strategic Integration (SI) Office.
The Strategic Integration (SI) Office under the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) carries out coordination of technology investments across the Agency, including the mission-focused investments managed by the NASA mission directorates, as well as the game changing and crosscutting technologies addressed within OCT. The SI Office:
- Performs strategic technology integration;
- Works towards changing culture to promote creativity and innovation at NASA Centers, particularly in regard to workforce development; and
- Documents, demonstrates, and communicates societal impact of NASA technology investments to the Agency and the public.
There are several necessary elements for OCT to successfully conduct this Agency-level technology integration and coordination. These include but are not limited to:
Technology Strategic Coordination and Planning
: Lead the effort to coordinate cross Agency technology developments at the strategic level, defining roles and responsibilities and ensuring an overall execution plan from technology inception to mission infusion.
Coordination and Planning
: Perform Agency-level technology strategic investment planning activities.
Commitments and Agreements
: Pledges to ensure synergies across technology plans, mission directorates and NASA Centers to avoid gaps and capability overlaps.
Roadmapping and Prioritization
: Define and manage an open and transparent decadal survey process to create credible and defensible Agency-level technology roadmaps and prioritizations.
: Define and manage an Agency-level process to capture and track NASA’s technology development portfolio.
: Perform necessary Agency-based assessments, trade studies and special studies for key technology areas and investment strategies.
: Document Agency level strategic technology performance and planning information in quarterly and annual reports.
Solicitations and Reviews
: Review and release OCT managed Space Technology Program solicitations. These solicitations are reviewed for consistency, and include feedback from the Center Chief Technologists.
: Hold an internal technology seminar series on advanced technology concepts and other topics of interest to NASA technology programs.
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