DRS Expertise

Strategic Project Management and Industrial Development

Strategic projects are driven by business acumen and capital investment planning. They are often multi-year efforts that begin with concept and scope development. The risk associated with the capital investment demands quality feasibility analysis and comprehensive budget estimates. Successful projects also require effective organization and institutional consensus building.

Dennis Schrader has a track record of organizing and completing high risk, complicated projects. He has experience in building effective teams that deliver varied projects in facilities design and construction, technology and business operations.

For organizations that have made significant capital investments in a project, DRS International will ensure a successful outcome.

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Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Since the mid 1990s, Homeland Security and Emergency Management has been an emerging and evolving field that requires the horizontal re-engineering of national security roles and traditional state and local public safety, public health and healthcare disciplines. It has changed the risks facing the security of the national infrastructure that Americans rely on for their daily lives. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina there has been a national mandate to address this challenge.

DRS International brings thought leadership and significant practical experience to the process of public policy and business development as it applies to homeland security and emergency management. This environmental impact requires change leadership to connect fields that have not been integrated heretofore. It also requires innovation that seeks to keep costs for capability development down for state, local, and private interests and to maintain simplicity in the final product. DRS International excels in this practice.

This complex transformation has practical, political and fiduciary business implications that impact all levels of security and emergency organization, from first responders to board rooms across the country. Current media news cycle can force organizations into the international spotlight of a crisis at a moment’s notice. Pre-planning for these possibilities directly affects business operations. DRS International will help navigate these changes facing every organization.

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Systems Engineering

Effective product/facility development and technology innovation requires systems engineering discipline that is initiated by needs analysis and capability assessment, followed by concept development, prototype test and evaluation, and fielding the system.

DRS International specializes in spiral analysis to organize complex situations into manageable pieces. Creating project schedules and milestones that keeps development on track is a critical part of the process. DRS International will focus on eliminating problems and roadblocks to ensure progress toward achieving tangible outcomes at each milestone. DRS International also has unique insight into the application of the Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC) and University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC) to expedite capability and technology transfer to state and local government.

The Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Cycle (RDT&E) is a key to modern business success, especially in the emerging homeland security and emergency management field. DRS International will guide clients expertly through this process.

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Organizational Planning and Performance Improvement

Organizational effectiveness and process focus improve quality, reduce cost and lead to a better bottom line. Organization design and culture affect a company’s ability to perform.

DRS International consultants have significant experience in organization design and process analysis. Our consultants scan environmental indicators through PEST and SWOT analyses and recommend solutions. DRS International offers strong management backgrounds and expertise in turnaround situations, and will help clients gain a competitive edge.

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