Proceedings of the DoD-Wide Technical Laboratory Directors Conference (1st), National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 23 - 24 July 1978.
OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING WASHINGTON DC
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One of the best ways of marketing the DoD science and technology program is to indicate that we know what makes for technological events. You get changes through breakthrough, through incremental improvements, and through a combination of the two. It is extremely important for both, to do as much as we can of assessment and prediction which are imprecise sciences in themselves. Most important, it is necessary to have a technological infra-structure to carry forward as we search for breakthroughs and make the incremental advances. There are always certain technological areas which appear to be the pillars or columns or mortar between the bricks for building up to operational objectives or to other technological objectives. These seem to be the driving areas, the areas that are pervasive throughout all of the needed markets that we have between all three services. These are also the driving areas for ensuring that we have enough resources, and the confidence to push in the areas of technology that you see there that are essential to the known systems that we want. So we have described, marketed, and sold our FY 1979 and FY 1980 DoD science and technology program on the basis of a very strong technological infrastructure. This is the framework for what we need and what we are fielding. It also demonstrates an understanding of how to look for technological breakthroughs by knowing enough about science and technology to hunt them and find them by knowing where they may occur. We have also marketed the program by concentrating very strongly on the incremental improvements in science and technology that are necessary to drive the system forward through the infrastructure, and as we await the technological breakthroughs.
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