One of the ways in which optics related programs are managed in DoD and NASA is through the coordination of programs by Working Group D (Mainly Lasers) of the Advisory Group on Electron Devices. The objective of this paper is to explain the purpose, responsibilities, organization, and method of operation of the Advisory Group on Electron Devices (AGED) and, in particular of Working Group D.
Vincent J. Corcoran,
"Management Of Optics Programs Through Technology Coordination In DoD And NASA", Proc. SPIE 0188, Management of Optics Programs, (28 August 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.965596; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.965596