What is Disruptive Technology?
More and more frequently, technological innovations revolutionize the way we perform everyday tasks and conduct business. In studying systems, networks and organizational frameworks, the potential for process change due to novel technology is ubiquitous. Just as the cassette tape replaced the 8-track and was itself replaced by the compact disc and then the .mp3, the military industry is always susceptible to disruptions caused by new technologies - whether they be weapons, navigation systems, communications structures or new forms of social networking and organization.
The Disruptive Business Technologies Group
At the Cebrowski Institute, Dano DeBroux has established the Disruptive Business Technologies group to identify, evaluate, and support the transition of technology enablers with the potential for "disruptive" change within the Naval Enterprise. As a former program manager at ONR and technology consultant, Mr. DeBroux has sought to transform the role of IT as merely an enabler of business processes to a driver of innovation. The purpose of this study is to create an "innovation consortium" and structured approach to bridge the gap between emerging/maturing technologies and those available to information workers within the DoN.
The DBT Group recently conducted operational testing of its advanced mobile computing proof of concept during the Camp Lejeune Operational Adaptation Testing Demonstration (OA-TD). This solution showcased DCT's model of leveraging off-the-shelf and open source technologies to support rapid technology insertion.
DBT was asked to support the data collection and analysis efforts for the OA-TD by developing an open/commercial solution providing geo-tracking, geo-casting and event/exercise reconstruction capabilities. The purpose of geo-tracking was to provide near real-time tracking of ground units via a web-based dashboard and to geo-tag operationally-relevant data captured from the mobile devices. Due to a limited range of the RF devices and operational tempo, the D&A team could not rely soley on RF communications to share information or conduct effective command and control (C2) between units and with the Tactical Operation Center. In order to support exercise planning, execution and reconstruction, full lifecycle data capture, management, and visualization was required. DBT applied its solution framework to bundle open source and commercial capabilities within 2 weeks at no cost other than the team's labor.
While this experiment had a strong operational focus, the DBT team has transitioned a subset of these capabilities to initiate a multi-phase telework program with the Office of Naval Research's Office of the CIO.