R and D Hedges, a Strategy for the Future.
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This report defines and examines the concept of RD hedges as a strategy for coping with threat uncertainty during times of stable or contracting Department of Defense DOD budgets. This particular conceptstrategy was developed in the mid-60s by Rands James R. Schlesinger, subsequently Secretary of Defense. RD hedges, as envisioned by Dr. Schlesinger to counter threat uncertainty, is a strategy that provides for a well-stocked RD menu, with numerous specialized projects which can rapidly be moved into the procurement-development stage, if the need arises. In this strategy, program focus is shifted from full systems development to exploratory and advanced development, the goal being to develop a shelf of advanced weapon hedges. This report identifies some of the potential benefits and pitfalls involved in implementing this strategy and identifies the Advanced Ballistic Reentry Systems ABRES program as an example of an on-going program employing this strategy.
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