Managing Air Force Basic Research.
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC
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The reports summary, reviews the major finding and recommendations of the National Research Council NRC Committee on Air Force Research Management. The committee was formed at the request of the Air Force Systems Command to assess the effectiveness of Air Force management of basic 6.1 research and to recommend any needed improvement. Subcommittee reports, on which the summary is based, are included as appendices. The context of defense basic research has changed greatly in recent years. With the end of the Cold War this centurys principal threat to national security has receded, and the threats, more localized but more unpredictable, have emerged. The nation also is facing strong budgetary pressures requiring that many national endeavors be rethought. Moreover, defense-related basic research itself has changed. It is now increasingly a global enterprise connected outside the U.S. services and beyond U.S. borders. For these and other reasons, many recent reports have focused on the problems and needs of defense research management and defense management more generally. All these factors played a role in prompting Air Force interest in the issues of basic research management which are addressed in this report.
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