Statement on the Science and Technology Program and the Role of Department of Defense Laboratories FY 1979,
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (RESEARCH AND ADVANCED TECHNOL OGY) WASHINGTON DC
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One of our nations greatest strengths is its sustained scientific and technological vigor. This national strength is key to our continuing national security as it is to the performance advantage of U.S. military forces and weapons systems, and the technological advantage of U.S. military RD capabilities over potential adversaries. The Department of Defense DoD Science and Technology Program provides the foundation for such military technological superiority. It is the source of the ideas and inventiveness which lead to new weapons systems, to the improvement of existing systems and to the integration of disparate development and equipment units into the coherent systems which underlie our military strength. The DoD Science and Technology Program covers the spectrum of critical military technologies from munitions, guidance and control and electronics through materials, mathematics and physics, through oceanographic and environmental sciences to chemical and biological defense and to the vital areas of training, safety, food and life sciences. The DoD Science and Technology Program includes efforts in the areas of Research, Exploratory Development and Advanced Technology Demonstrations. For management purposes, the program is divided into 24 separate technical areas such as aircraft propulsion, electronic warfare and environmental sciences and grouped into 3 major components namely, Engineering Technology, Electronics and Physical Science and Environmental and Life Sciences.
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