Accession Number : ADA013362
Title : An Overview of DoD Policy for and Administration of Independent Research and Development
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT SCHOOL FORT BELVOIR VA
Personal Author(s) : Bethel, Howard Emery
Report Date : May 1975
Pagination or Media Count : 165
Abstract : Independent research and development (IR/D) is contractor initiated and conducted research and development effort not sponsored by a contract or grant. The DOD recognizes IR/D as a normal cost of business and accepts its reasonable and allocable share of these costs. The allowability of IR/D costs and DOD policy and administration of this area have been and are controversial. This report presents an overview of DOD IR/D policy and administration. The evolution, current status, and major areas of existing controversy are highlighted. Current DOD policy appears to be a reasonable balance of the needs for good stewardship of the taxpayer's funds and the needs for a strong technological base. Major shifts in policy, whether to the more liberal extremes advocated by the industry or the more restrictive extremes advocated by Senator Proxmire and Admiral Rickover, would probably be detrimental to the best interests of the Department of Defense.
Descriptors : *COSTS , *INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH , *RESEARCH MANAGEMENT , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , POLICIES , COST ANALYSIS , ALLOCATIONS , MILITARY PROCUREMENT , LEGISLATION , PATENTS
Subject Categories : Administration and Management
Economics and Cost Analysis
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE