Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Future Strategic Strike Skills
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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The Task Force was asked by the Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs ATSDNCB to examine the current and future capabilities of the specialized skills necessary to maintain, upgrade, and design replacement strategic nuclear and non-nuclear strike systems. Recently, there has been considerable concern that the majority of the personnel involved with critical engineering skills may soon be retiring, thus endangering future capabilities to maintain current systems and to design replacement systems. The availability of strategic skills among military personnel, civil service personnel and industrial personnel were to be examined. The Chiles Commission prescribed by the National Defense Authorization Act of FY 1997 examined the capabilities for the design and testing of nuclear warheads, therefore the topic was not included in this study. The Task Force was asked to provide remedial recommendations if their findings concluded that the availability of strategic strike system skills was in danger.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics