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TQM in the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO)

by Ron Kurtus (27 May 2008)

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) set up the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) in 1984 to develop anti-ballistic missile technologies. Since these efforts were so costly, and because of the movement toward efficiency and quality from the Total Quality Management (TQM) movement, the DoD directed SDI to implement TQM within their work.

A presentation was made to DoD personnel, outlining the SDIO's concepts on implementing TQM. Although done presented in 1989, this presentation still provides a good outline for implementing TQM in your organization.

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The Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) implemented TQM in developing anti-ballistic missile technologies as an effort to reduce costs and increase efficiency and quality. In 1989, a presentation was made to DoD personnel, outlining the SDIO's concepts on implementing TQM. This presentation still provides a good outline for implementing TQM in your organization.


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