THE OFFICE OF AEROSPACE RESEARCH SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL INFORMATION PROGRAM
OFFICE OF AEROSPACE RESEARCH ARLINGTON VA
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The document outlines the mission and organization of the Office of Aerospace Research OAR, then describes how its principal product, scientific and technical information, is disseminated through its various publications. The magnitude of OARs research in Information Sciences approximately 15 of total Federal expenditures in this area is compared to that of other governmental agencies. Savings of over 3.5 million, resulting from an effective technical information program, are documented by examples. The role of the Office of Scientific and Technical Information within OAR as performed by the 16 personnel assigned is described in terms of its four divisions Publications, Information Studies, Programs, and Executive. It is suggested that the most pressing problem facing the DoD Technical Information Program is the absence of integrated, DoD-wide planning efforts with the active participation of the three services and various DoD agencies. Planning conferences are needed to improve the organization structure and co-ordinate the future activities of the program. The classical functions of management -- planning, organizing, etc. -- should be reviewed to determine whether they are being adequately emphasized and implemented throughout DoD in the Scientific and Technical Information Program.
- Information Science