On DoD: Information Analyis Centers work to preserve institutional knowledge within DoD

As government research and acquisition budgets get strained under sequestration, one Defense Department organization says it has a way to make sure those limited dollars go further — and it’s been doing it, mostly under the public radar, for more than six decades.

DoD’s Information Analysis Centers, part of the larger Defense Technical Information Center, have the job of collecting, analyzing and disseminating the department’s knowledge about science, technology and business processes so that a new program manager doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel when he or she is faced with a tough problem.

Our guest this week is Christopher Zember, the director of DoD’s Information Analysis Centers. We discuss the historical role of IACs, how they’ve evolved through the years, and ongoing changes designed to support DoD’s Better Buying Power initiative.

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