Summer Study on Technology Base Management
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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The Defense Science Boards Summer Study focused on two main issues 1 how effective is DoDs Technology Base program at producing technology options for various users and operations and 2 how effectively is new technology being transitioned to the field. The study group evaluated the management of DoDs Technology Base program including the processes by which resource allocation decisions are made. Principal findings include 1 Over the long term, the leadership and vitality of the U.S., both economically and militarily, depend on the quality and vision of the basic research. In recent years, DoDs research program has been reduced in perceived importance in favor of large development programs. The study group is concerned that now the 6.1 program lacks top management attention. 2 The quality of the DoD laboratories and their technical leadership are of supreme importance to DoD. The study group is concerned about the quality of many DoD laboratories and the technical competence of the personnel who mange DoDs Technology Base program. 3 The Group found DoD seriously deficient in its ability to rapidly transition technology into systems and products.
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