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innovationSMLAs a capability to define problems and provide solutions, the CAI will redefine the public-private partnership and government-private sector capability development paradigms.

The CAI provides a virtual and physical place where the best people and the best technology, regardless of source or organization, are brought together within the right context to solve the most challenging problems while maintaining a clear definition of the future. The CAI removes many of the key obstacles keeping industry from more widespread collaboration, particularly those discouraging small, innovative technology companies from participating in large defense, homeland security, and industrial projects. We are a “global help desk”, ready to meet any client need in any capacity.

The CAI Strategy uses discovery, adaptation, and integration to develop and implement a business process that achieve optimal creativity, innovation, capabilities, and solutions. It accomplishes this using an innovative approach of engaging industry and other members of the private sector to quickly bring the best minds (intellectual, imaginative, and creative) together with the best material and non-material solutions in a collaborative environment where concepts, capabilities, and other solutions are determined. 

Operating Philosophy

The CAI business process is designed to rapidly develop and produce products using several key capabilities. The organization and processes will:

  • Continually attract the best minds and the best technologies available from any source;  remove obstacles to sharing appropriate Intellectual Property (IP) rights for specific projects.
  • Encourage an inclusive approach with regular review of membership to identify potential high value contributors to the Program
  • Promote effective cooperation or competition as appropriate for all work
  • Create an environment for a full and open dialogue (vice discussion)1 to address complex challenges then determine and implement solutions.
  • Disclose all results and findings; share technologies openly between partners.


    Structure

    Core group – The organic facility staff provides daily facility operations and facilitate the execution of CAI and associated participant activities. For our people we will apply one simple approach: hire the best people in the world. They will be available to support the project partners and augment whoever the public sector brings in. Organizations and individual CAI members provide their own core teams of any size based on their level of participation. The core group includes a Shared Services Center available to all participants. It provides services that include legal, contracting, financial management, internal review and assessment, strategic planning, Intellectual Property (IP), agreements, information technology, facilities and venue. An internal review capability will ensure the CAI (along with its Associates and Affiliates) undergo objective review and assessment embrace continual innovation and improvement, as well as stay attuned to the Voice of the Customer (VOC).

    Right people, any place, any time – The best is always available from participants such as the governmental, academic, private sector, multi-national, and inter-agency participants. Each comes with their own expertise and access to the best in their respective areas. The result is a strong internal network built from partnerships inherent in the design. The facility’s collaboration capability and the ability to provide that capability to any location in the world make it possible to bring in anyone from any place at any time (physically or virtually) for as long or as short as required.

    Continual Assessment - In addition to internal assessments participants are offered use of an objective assessment capability for their processes and their programs ranging from corporate audit to program success.

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    1 The term dialogue is specifically chosen to set the tone and the environment for the effort. By definition, dialogue means "flow of meaning" while discussion has the same root as concussion and percussion - literally "to shake apart" or argue the pros and cons. Dialogue is "inquiry-oriented, or listening-oriented" while discussion is "advocacy-oriented." This behavior is key to the organization’s approach of free and open discussion where participant’s shed their parochial baggage in favor of contributing toward the best solution regardless of source.

  • Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 19:41