THE KEY ROLE OF A MISSION-ORIENTED AGENCY'S SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
AIR FORCE OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ARLINGTON VA ARLINGTON
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A discussion is given of the functions of science-oriented organizations in mission-oriented agencies, using AFOSR as an illustrative example. These organizations are described as having a key role to play in the interaction between science and technology. By making the proper choices of scientific areas for support and by helping to improve the dialogue between the scientific and the technological communities, these organizations serve a function which is very important to both the agencies which have special responsibilities for solving the problems of society and the university-based scientific community which must provide education and new knowledge. The programs of these organizations bring benefits to both the universities and the agencies which cannot be obtained through agency-supported research that is closely related to short range needs nor through the scientific research supported by other agencies.