Article: How the U.S. Government Can Learn to See the Future

Open Governance, Standards

How the U.S. Government Can Learn to See the Future

In 1973, then-Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger argued that policymaking could be reduced to a process of “making complicated bets about the future,” noting that it would be helpful if he could be supplied with “estimates of the relevant betting odds.”

Despite Kissinger’s plea for betting odds, forecasting efforts in the government today remain underdeveloped. The early failure to anticipate and prepare for the coronavirus, despite indicators that a pandemic was likely, has cost hundreds of thousands of American lives.

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Article: Time for smarter PMs: How intelligent technologies are improving preventive maintenance routines

Hardware, Open Governance, Open Manufacturing, Standards

Time for smarter PMs: How intelligent technologies are improving preventive maintenance routines

When budgets are tight, advanced maintenance strategies are reserved for the most critical assets. Predictive maintenance (PdM) and prescriptive maintenance (RxM) fall into this category, with timely intervention triggered by asset condition or performance anomalies.

The other end of the spectrum is the run-to-failure (RTF) approach, which may be perfectly acceptable for non-crucial assets that have reasonable downtime and repair or replacement costs. In between is the widely used practice of preventive maintenance (PM).

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