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Joint U.S. Defense Science Board, UK Defence Scientific Advisory Council Task Force on Defense Critical Technologies

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This joint study by scientific advisory boards that advise the Department of Defense DoD and the Ministry of Defence MoD is an effort to deepen the cooperation of the two organisations as they both pursue a strategy of investing in and developing technology to achieve military advantage. The Defense Science Board DSB and the Defence Science Advisory Council DSAC undertook this collaborative study to explore transformational technologies that are critical to meeting national defence needs. The joint working party was led by three co-chairs Dr. Anita Jones and Admiral William O. Studeman, USN Ret to lead the U.S. team, and Dr. Julia King to lead the UK team. The joint tasking statement, the terms of reference, appears in Appendix A. Members of the U.S. team are listed in Appendix B. It is the policy of the MoD not to publish the names of their advisors. The MoD re-considered its policy in the light of this joint study and concluded that the policy should be sustained. Consequently, the names of UK members do not appear in Appendix B. They are accomplished scientists and technologists, with academic and industrial experience in areas related to defence. Because convening a joint working party is a new mode of cooperation for the two organisations, the chairs decided to focus on both broad and narrowly defined technology areas. They selected two broad mission areas Advanced Command Environments and Persistent Surveillance and three focused technology areas Power SourcesManagement for Small Distributed Networked Sensors, Defence Critical Electronic Components and High Performance Computing. The working party was organized into five topic panels with four to five members in each country drawing on a wider circle of outside experts as needed. The U.S. and UK members of each topic panel conducted separate but collaborative studies. Recommendations from the joint panels appear at the end of the topic chapters.

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  • Defense Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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