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Defense Science Board 2006 Summer Study on 21st Century Strategic Technology Vectors. Volume 1: Main Report
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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For the foreseeable future, U.S. military forces will be called upon to perform a wide range of missions. These include major combat, counter insurgency, stability and reconstruction, countering weapons of mass destruction, homeland defense, and disaster relief. These varied missions present different challenges calling for highly adaptive military forces. One common feature of these missions is the increased responsibility placed on junior leaders and the small teams they lead. This report of the Defense Science Board 2006 Summer Study on 21st Century Strategic Technology Vectors identifies a set of four operational capabilities and their enabling technologies that can support the range of future military missions. In identifying these capabilities, the report defined technology broadly, to include tools enabled by the social sciences as well as the physical and life sciences. A key enabler to all of these capabilities is the availability of ubiquitous, secure, reliable, rapid connectivity among all the sources and users of information. This report recommends ways that DOD can 1 reestablish a tighter integration between DODs user and technology communities, 2 enrich its capacity to recognize and exploit technology opportunities, 3 establish robust processes to insert new capabilities into ongoing operations to meet an expected long term need, and 4 cut in half the time it nominally takes to field major systems. The report also identifies steps to broaden and deepen DODs in-house technical expertise, search globally for technologies that may become important to DOD andor its adversaries, provide budget flexibility, lower barriers to commercial firms working with DOD, and revitalize internal research and development investments in the defense industry.
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