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Research and Development Strategy for the 1990s. 1990 Summer Study. Volume 5. Technology and Technology Transfer Task Force

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The nurturing of the national industrial technology base presents DoD with many challenges in todays defense environment. Reduced budgets in the coming years can weaken the supporting industrial base unless DoD can find ways to leverage the broader commercial technology base. Although DoD has come to increasingly rely on commercial capabilities at the component and assembly level, it has traditionally had trouble fully exploiting commercial technologies and products. This failure, along with the lack of a DoD manufacturing strategy which capitalizes on improvements in manufacturing techniques, and a needed emphasis on product quality and costs, represent missed opportunities to offset the impact of spending cuts. Also of great concern is the increased influence and interest of foreign firms and governments in critical US industries and dual-use technologies. Foreign governments have been much more effective at focusing their attention and resources to global technology competitiveness in dual-use areas of significant national security importance. The DoD may in the future become reliant on foreign sources of technology in order to field leading edge military systems. Further, foreign acquisition can potentially threaten assured DoD access to needed products and technology. To date, the Defense Department has formulated Defense Critical Technologies Lists which identify areas of concern but has not yet developed a comprehensive Defense Technology Investment Strategy which addresses all of these concerns.

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  • Information Science
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Defense Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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