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Title: Maturing Service Strategy to Realize Mission Value.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the NLIT held May 3-6, 2015 in Seattle, WA.
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United States

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Current, Karen S. Maturing Service Strategy to Realize Mission Value.. United States: N. p., 2015. Web.
Current, Karen S. Maturing Service Strategy to Realize Mission Value.. United States.
Current, Karen S. 2015. "Maturing Service Strategy to Realize Mission Value.". United States. doi:.
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