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Defense Science Board Task Force on the Review of the Defense Nuclear Agency Technology Base Program
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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The purpose of this Defense Science Board Task Force review was to examine DNAs responsiveness to DoD needs and the appropriateness of its emphasis on emerging technologies, and to evaluate the relationships between DNA and Dept. of Energy laboratories, private consultants, university participants and Service users. The Task Force also addressed important technical and management issues confronting DNA. The Task Force concluded that DNA has been responsive to DoD needs, although the technology base program has a few specific areas of weakness. The Task Force expressed support of recent DNA initiatives to assign greater priority to the survivability of Theater Nuclear Forces and their associated C3. Also emphasized were the importance of underground nuclear explosion testing and the need for a review of several questions left unanswered by the ban on atmospheric testing. Principal Task Force recommendations include 1 Resources provided to the DNA technology base longer term programs should not be diverted into more pressing short-term projects 2 Relationships between DNA and other DoD and DoE laboratories should be strengthened by exchange programs of technical personnel and 3 Technology transfer between DNA and the Services and the CINCs should be improved by annual reviews of user requirements and joint funding of projects where appropriate. EDC
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