Applied Research & Technology Project Office
Science & Technology Division
John C. Stennis Space Center
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In response to a request from the NASA Chief Engineer’s Office, Stennis Space
Center (SSC) realigned a number of business elements to a Project Office / Engineering Directorate
management structure to help the Agency implement the Vision for Space Exploration. As a result, two new
organizational units were formed: the Applied Research and Technology Project Office (ARTPO), and the
Science and Technology Division (S&TD).
The ARTPO and S&TD personnel skill mix and experience base is diverse and includes expertise from a
number of former SSC organizational units: (1) Applied Sciences Directorate; (2) Commercial Technology
Development and Transfer Office; (3) Earth System Science Office; and (4) Commercial Remote Sensing
Program. Personnel from these former organizational units continue to draw expertise from the remote sensing
industry cluster at SSC, other on-site tenant organizations, and a strong network of university and other industry
SSC Center management directed ARTPO and S&TD to develop a strategic plan for the future. The purpose of
this plan is to provide a general framework to guide the organization to a new mission that is clearly tied to
NASA mission areas, and better aligned to support implementation of the Vision for Space Exploration.
Based on participant data, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee recommends SSC senior management
undertake the following four key strategies:
1. Implement strategies to improve collaboration between Headquarters Science Mission Directorate
(SMD) and SSC.
2. Establish effective management approaches to provide program stability.
3. Establish clear program objectives and expectations to meet program commitments.
4. Develop a business plan to implement this strategy.
APPROACH: SSC engaged