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Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Basic Research
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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The Department of Defense DOD funds long-term basic research in a wide variety of scientific and engineering fields with a goal of exploiting new knowledge to enhance-and where possible, transform-future capabilities. DOD-funded research is known for high-risk endeavors that have led to paradigm shifts in the nations technical capabilities. In many cases, DOD was the first to seed new research performed by many of the worlds leading scientists and engineers at universities, federal laboratories, and private industry. The Defense Science Board DSB was charged in August 2010 to validate the quality of the DOD basic research program and to provide advice on long-term basic research planning and strategies for the Department of Defense. Soon after the task force began its work, the DSB was asked to address additional areas of focus by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering ASDRE. The Assistant Secretary asked the task force to advise how the Department should structure its basic research program to incentivize invention, innovation, and the transition of ideas to end-use.
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