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Next Generation Air Transportation System
Joint Planning and Development Office Aviation Industry and Community Workshops

This webpage contains a prose description and several diagrams explaining the JPDO National Plan Development Process. In addition, the Association Process Brief presentation file (2 MB ppt) may also be useful.


The VISION 100 FAA reauthorization bill (P.L. 108-176) provides for the creation of a small and focused Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO). Working in close collaboration with the Departments of Transportation, Commerce, Defense, and Homeland Security, the FAA, NASA, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and other experts from the public and private sectors, the JPDO will develop the National Plan for the Next Generation Air Transportation System, a joint government-industry business plan for the aviation system of the future. The JPDO will coordinate planning and execution of the plan across government and industry. In January 2004, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced the office and the Next Generation Transportation Initiative in a speech to the Aero Club of Washington D.C.

The focus of the JPDO is the transformation of the air transportation system. In this context, transformation means technologically-enabled change to the system to simultaneously meet seemingly conflicting requirements in the face of increasing demand—e.g., greater security and greater efficiency. This year JPDO will seek to establish the goals of transformation, develop major strategies to achieve the goals, and propose actions based on the strategies.

Bringing Government and Industry Together to Develop The National Plan

JPDO working groups and teams will collaborate with the aviation community throughout development of the national plan.

Futures Working Group. The FWG is using a scenario-based planning approach to develop a range of plausible futures for use in developing a set of robust and unique but critical strategies for transformation. Within the context of these futures, the FWG will (1) develop transformational performance objectives; (2) identify barriers and opportunities for delivery to the SWG; (3) analyze air transportation system national goals, objectives, and constraints for delivery to the EWG; (4) deliver a high level analysis of the vision, operational concepts, major transformational issues, and critical alternatives and strategies to the Synthesis Team.

Strategies Working Group. The SWG is utilizing a systems engineering approach to decompose the national goals of a transformed air transportation system. The SWG will also (1) develop transformation performance objectives and identify opportunities for achieving them; (2) identify barriers to achieving the objectives and identify opportunities for overcoming them; (3) develop and maintain a decomposition model with objectives, barriers, opportunities, and strategies; and (4) develop a strategic framework for use in evaluating the barriers, opportunities, and strategies. The SWG will deliver its products to the EWG and Focus Area Teams.

Focus Areas Teams. Multiple government and industry teams will review and refine the work of the SWG, which will focus on (1) developing national strategies for transforming the air transportation system, (2) identifying barriers to transformation, and (3) identifying opportunities for overcoming them. Government-industry workshops will bring together representatives from a comprehensive range of focus areas and industry sectors to assess and prioritize the national goals for transforming the air transportation system as currently defined by the JPDO. Focus area teams will deliver their work to the EWG for evaluation.

Evaluation Working Group. The EWG will develop and populate an evaluation framework with models for use in evaluating the merit of the transformation strategies relative to the national goals.

Operations Research Working Group. The ORWG will develop the case for transformation, support the modeling and data requirements of the other working groups, and develop a long-term operations research framework for the JPDO.

Synthesis Team. The Synthesis Team will synthesize the work of the other working groups to formulate a top-level vision of a transformed air transportation system, broadly define multiple operational concepts, and identify major transformation issues, transformation strategies, and alternatives for the future.

Collaborative Process For Engaging the Community

Three distinct activities will characterize the JPDO’s government-industry collaborative process throughout development of the National Plan: analysis, synthesis, and planning.

Senior, interdisciplinary, government - industry Focus Area Teams will convene to review, refine, and add to a baseline goal decomposition analysis performed by the government (based on initial national goals).

April 14-15 Transformation Objectives, Barriers and Alternatives Workshop
Objective: Review government analysis and initiate Focus Area Teams
May 6 JPDO Report-out of Workshop Results
Objective: Review the results of the Focus Area Teams, initiate evaluation phase by government EWG


A scenario planning activity will examine aviation in the context of a range of future environments to develop an analysis of robust goals, objectives, vision, and strategies. Industry will participate in an intensive scenario workshop to "live" in several future environments.

March 30 - April 2 Futures Working Group Scenario-Based Strategies Workshop

Objective: Develop robust goals, objectives, vision and strategies for aviation

A senior executive government-industry Synthesis Team will convene to consider the results of the scenario planning activity and the analysis work of the Focus Area Teams. This group will draft a proposed set of goals and objectives, vision and values, and strategies for transformation. Timeframe: April through mid-May.

June 24 Review of the JPDO's Strategies for the Next Generation Air Transportation System
Objective: Review the JPDO's strategies for updating the Next Generation Air Transportation System through the National Plan and receive feedback from industry leaders on the strategies.


The JPDO will begin developing actions plans by summer in response to the final strategies. Planning activities will cover approximately the June through September 2004 timeframe. Government-industry teams will convene, as appropriate.


Detailed information on the JPDO, the National Plan, and the Next Generation Transportation Initiative is available at To register for any of these workshops e-mail or call Pam Smith at or telephone (650) 569-3838 x10. For the most up to date details on these workshops, see Center For Collaboration Workshops page

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Process Flow Process Flow
Planning ModelPlanning Model

This diagram outlines the methodology for achieving the JPDO’s agenda for the first year. Three distinct activities – Analysis, Synthesis, and Planning – will be pursued. Community involvement will be sought in each activity.

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