Thank you, Star Child, for the intersting thread.
For anyone unfamiliar with these DARPA projects who may be intersted in conducting their own follow-up research, here's a link to
article on the topic.
IMHO, this seems to be a natural evolution of proactive process management as applied to "Enhanced Consequence Management," which effectively
creates an architecture for the (near) real-time capture of performance metrics. When one can receive such (near) real-tiime data and compare it to a
dynamic historical database of past performance (of similar projects), one may easily (and accurately) identify (near) real-time deviation from
expected norms. This allows the IIC (Idiot In Charge) to take corrective action before
problems (in this case logistical problems) cascade
into problems of greater complexity and consequence.
Considering such formally recognized and structured process management (while organized largely from pre-exisiting principles) is itself a product of
the DoD, I would view this emergence as a natural evolution of theory and application.
On the other hand, one could also argue that SAP (as well as other off-the-shelf enterprise management tools) has been on the marketplace for an
awfully long time now, and considering the use of process management to assist in improving delivery capability has existed within the federal
government for approx. two decades, one could make a dman good arguement for such ineffective use simply ebing yet another product of an overbloated
Hence your point regarding the lack of application to the disaster wrought by (and in the aftermath of) Katrina is well taken.
However, as it appears as if both ENCOMPASS and COUGAAR are both still in the development and/or test phase of their respective project lifecycles, I
don't it is entirely realistic to expect an integration of either (at this time) within all applicable levels of government. Keep in mind, once the
product is deployed & implemented, you face the task of educating and training users and stakeholders on the proper usage and application of the tool.
This requires an immense investment in time and money. You therefore want to be absolutely certain you have de-bugged the product as much as
possible (pre-acceptance testing) before you release it.
That being said, I sadly believe there exists a rather significant disconnect between the Pentagon and other arms of our federal government (e.g.
State Dept.), and have no real faith in the Pentagon and the DHS to effectively coordinate such a product roll-out, even in the aftermath of