Addressing Critical Issues
In recent years, SAME’s IGE projects have successfully addressed issues such as SDVOSB certification, partnering, and alternative delivery methods. These have enabled members to apply their technical expertise and thought leadership and to collaborate with others across complementary fields of discipline. Earlier IGE efforts such as public-private partnerships and alternative financing also were summarized in SAME Perspectives—informative reports that shared lessons learned, outcomes, and progress to the broader military engineering community, a practice national leadership intends to restart as the “capstone” to each project as they conclude.
Project Selection Process
In September 2021, the SAME Executive Committee approved a new selection process for national-level IGE projects that will provide deliberateness, consistency, repeatability, transparency, and legitimacy. This formalized evaluation will ensure we deliver impact and maximize the use of available resources to achieve the goals of the 2025 SAME Strategic Plan.
Submissions will be collected from several sources, including the Executive Advisory Group (Engineering Service Chiefs and senior federal leaders), CEO Roundtables, Communities of Interest, Posts, strategic partners, and others. Submissions will be presented to the Executive Committee for scoring, approval, and action by member volunteers (subject matter experts). Currently, there are 10 IGE projects underway, three of which were recently approved by the Executive Committee following the adoption of the new selection process.
Making A Measurable Impact
Throughout SAME’s first century, the Society was instrumental in creating opportunities for individuals and organizations to become familiar with each other, allowing each party to prosper and build lasting relationships. It is now time to apply that trust in redoubling our support of national security. Now in SAME’s second century, in addition to our enduring legacy of bringing people together, the Society has the opportunity to impact some of the pressing issues of the day through IGE. Strengthened by the technical expertise of our membership; a diversity of thought, perspectives and experience; and a shared commitment to service, we are embracing that responsibility.