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Strategic Program Planning Lessons Learned
In Developing The Long-Term Stewardship
Science and Technology Roadmap
Brent Dixon, Duane Hanson, Gretchen Matthern
Idaho National Engineering & Environmental Laboratory (INEEL)
2525 Fremont Ave. Idaho Falls, ID 83415
Technology roadmapping is a strategic planning method used by companies to identify and
plan the development of technologies necessary for new products. The U.S. Department of
Energy's Office of Environmental Management has used this same method to refine requirements
and identify knowledge and tools needed for completion of defined missions.
This paper describes the process of applying roadmapping to clarify mission requirements
and identify enhancing technologies for the Long-Term Stewardship (LTS) of polluted sites after
site cleanup has been completed. The nature of some contamination problems is such that full
cleanup is not achievable with current technologies and some residual hazards remain. LTS
maintains engineered contaminant barriers and land use restriction controls, and monitors residual
contaminants until they no longer pose a risk to the public or the environment. Roadmapping was
used to clarify the breadth of the LTS mission, to identify capability enhancements needed to
improve mission effectiveness and efficiency, and to chart out the research and development
efforts to provide those enhancements.
This paper is a case study of the application of roadmapping for program planning and
technical risk management. Differences between the planned and actual application of the
roadmapping process are presented along with lessons learned. Both the process used and lessons
learned should be of interest for anyone contemplating a similar technology based planning effort.
A major mission of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is the disposition of legacy waste
and cleanup of contaminated sites resulting from over 40 years of nuclear research and weapons
production. DOE defines long-term stewardship (LTS) as "the physical controls, institutions,
information, and other mechanisms needed to ensure protection of people and the environment at
sites where DOE has completed or plans to complete 'cleanup' (e.g., landfill closures, remedial
actions, removal actions, and facility stabilization). This concept of long-term stewardship
includes, [among other things], land-use controls, monitoring, maintenance, and information
management" [DOE 2001a, Vol. I, p. 1]. According to its latest published estimate, DOE will be
responsible for LTS at approximately 129 sites [DOE 20001b]. The residual hazards at some of
those sites-notably those from radioactive materials and toxic metals-will remain as potential
threats to health and the environment for tens to thousands of years. This means that LTS must
continue long after the current plans for site cleanup or closure are completed.
Science and Technology (S&T) has a critical LTS role in that DOE needs knowledge
(science) and tools (technology) beyond what it already has to ensure that planning and
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Hanson, Duane; Dixon, Brent & Matthern, Gretchen. Strategic Program Planning Lessons Learned in Developing the LTS S&T Roadmap, article, July 1, 2003; [Idaho Falls, Idaho]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc890888/m1/2/: accessed November 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.