DOD LABORATORIES IN THE FUTURE
Management analysis memo.
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF DEFENSE RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING WASHINGTON DC OFFICE FOR LAB MANAGEMENT
Pagination or Media Count:
The Defense laboratories of the future will play key roles with respect to shaping and administering the complex research, development, test and evaluation RDTE program upon which our defense posture depends so heavily. The creation of the new positions of Directors of Laboratories was a first and important step in this direction because of their close interface with the policy level. This was followed by the creation of selected new weapon centers whose missions will provide a direct correlation with important military problems and functions. The total number of Defense laboratories will tend to become smaller however, the relative balance of funding among the various institutional forms will probably remain essentially as it is today. The emphasis for Defense laboratories will be on quality rather than quantity. One of the most important roles that the laboratories of the future will be increasingly called upon to play is their contribution to the technical definition of crucial military requirements and the consequent translation of these military requirements into technological goals and experimental prototypes, including much heavier involvement in planning for new weapon systems.
- Administration and Management