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Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Defense Science and Technology Base for the 21st Century

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The Defense Science Board Task Force on the Defense Science and Technology Base for the 21st Century was formed in May 1997 to address issues involved in assuring that the United States has an adequate technology base to maintain military superiority into the 21st Century. Specifically, the Task Force was asked to address five questions How much Department of Defense DoD science and technology is needed to maintain continued U.S. supremacy considering U.S. and global civil technology What is the best process for planning and managing DoDs science and technology program, including exploitation of other sources What desirable changes should be made in the executionperformance of the DoD science and technology program How can a continuing supply of competent engineers and scientists for DoD research and acquisition be assured and What new technical challenges should be addressed in the science and technology program The Terms of Reference directed that the Task Force make recommendations on the funding, management, and execution of a properly focused Department of Defense DoD technology base program served by competent scientists and engineers. The Task Force addressed all of the specific issues in the Terms of Reference, but believes the two most salient recommendations are as follows 1 That the Deputy Secretary of Defense insure the future superiority of U.S. military forces by increasing the funding for the Departments Science and Technology Program to 8 billion per year, and 2 That the Deputy Secretary of Defense direct the Office of the Secretary of Defense OSD and the Services to staff a majority of their ST management and execution technical positions with individuals provided from the private sector under the Interagency and Personnel Act and a reinstated Public Law 313 1947.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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