JANUS – A Proposal for the RTA Alignment


  1. Ouellet, E.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN);Operational Research Div, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Central Operational Research Team
This technical note is documenting a proposal made in the context of re-aligning DRDC’s Client Group system to meet the requirements of maximized impact, agility and flexibility, as expressed in the Defence S&T Strategy 2006. It is also intended to support the contribution of CORA’s management to this initiative. The model is inspired from the mythological figure of Janus, where DRDC’s DGs take a pivotal role in looking both at their clients and S&T areas of expertise, simultaneously. Hence, their role is to align the needs of their respective and prospective clients with their S&T areas of expertise, while not being restricted to serve any specific clients and able to maintain leading-edge scientific research programs. One of the key concepts underpinning the model is that of realigning the functions of scientific advisor to a client, and manager of S&T packages. It is first proposed to look at DRDC’s Client Group system to identify its primary functions, and briefly explore how these functions relate to each other by illustrating the central role played by DRDC’s Director Generals (DGs). The informal relationships within the Client Group system are also briefly covered to illustrate their important role. Based on the above exploration of functions, internal role of DGs and informal relationships, a renewed Client Group system is proposed that could better meet the requirements expressed in the Defence S&T Strategy 2006.
Resource Management;Organizational Structure;Client Groups;DRDC Strategy
Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TN-2007-07 — Technical Note
Date of publication
01 May 2007
Number of Pages
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