Defense AR Journal. Volume 18, Number 1, Issue 57
DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIV FT BELVOIR VA
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International Science and Technology for the Army Misplaced Focus How leaders within the Department of Defense decide where to mine for international science and technology ST is more of a random process than accepted methodology. Considering the importance to the commercial world of optimally located international research and development RD centers, the military services current practice of abdicating the decision-making process to a subjective evaluation versus application of accepted criteria and current information that allows quantification of the criteria invites technological surprise on the battlefield. By evaluating each criterion, the optimal decision for locating international ST mining centers is possible. Finding the optimal technologies available for the nations warfighters ensures world-class technologies for U.S. military programs and saves defense funding of RD for developing existent ST solutions. Priming the Innovation Pump America Needs More Scientists, Engineers, and Basic Research Col Jason James Denney, USAF Downward trends in the number of U.S. born scientists and engineers, and basic research and development are threatening U.S. national security and economic prosperity. Leadership in science and technology has long been an unrivaled U.S. advantage however, the United States has lost and is continuing to lose ground in critical technology metrics. In todays knowledge-based economy, scientific innovation is more important to U.S. economic growth and national security than ever before. Accordingly, the United States must rebuild its foundation of competitiveness - its supply of talented scientists, engineers, and basic research and development resources that has served Americans so well over the past 50 years. In the 21st century, U.S. success lies at the leading edge of the scientific frontier.
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