The Operational Art of Standards
Presented by: Phil Mattson, Director, Office of Standards, Department of Homeland Security
Documentary standards are not in themselves the answer, especially when developing and fielding a technology to be used by emergency responders. Standards are a critical enabler though. Between the hands on, “tactical” level of standards development, conducted at the working group/technical committee level in the SDO, and the high level, overarching realm of standards roadmaps, strategies and strategic plans, lies another area, the operational level. This operational level is where the various activities that support the development and deployment of a standards-enabled capability occur. This can include research to inform standards and test methods, development and validation of test methods, development of an appropriate conformity assessment program, and providing guidance on the capabilities and limitations inherent in the standards so the user can train and effectively integrate the new capability into their concept of operations. These activities are usually carried out by multiple organizations, and without an understanding of the dynamics, time phasing and resource requirements, a successful outcome can be delayed. An understanding of the considerations of the operational art of standards can help mitigate some of choke points in the process.
About the Speaker
Philip Mattson serves as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Standards Executive and the Director of the Office of Standards in the DHS Science and Technology Directorate. He coordinates and manages a broad portfolio of standards development projects executed through the Office of Standards, and across the Department. Prior to coming to DHS, he served as the Program Manager for Critical Incident Technologies at the Office of Law Enforcement Standards, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he managed programs developing a suite standards supporting the needs of first responders. He has served as co-chair of the Committee on Homeland and National Security (CHNS) Subcommittee on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Standards (SOS-CBRNE), the federal Co-chair of the Standards Coordination Subgroup of the Inter Aency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability (IAB), and is the Chair of the ASTM E54 Homeland Security Applications Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Oregon State University, and a Master’s Degree in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School. He has extensive training in nuclear weapons and radiological incident management, and is a registered Professional Engineer. He is a retired Army officer; serving over 20 years as a combat engineer and nuclear physicist.