BASIC RESEARCH AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
AIR FORCE OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ARLINGTON VA DIRECTORATE OF INFORMATION SCIENCES
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The following questions are discussed I What is basic research II Why is basic research a Good Thing for the Federal government to support III Why is basic research a Good Thing for the Department of Defense to support The difficulties of definitions of basic research are presented. Federal and industrial research budgets are compared. The talk leans heavily on the General Welfare clause of the Preamble to the Constitution of the US, with instances drawn from the research sponsored by AFOSR. The changing role of DoD in national research support is discussed. An addendum defends the Clearinghouse for Federal Scientific and Technical Information against an unwarranted criticism in a popular digest magazine.
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