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Federal Security Laboratory Governance Panels: Observations and Recommendations
Final rept. Feb-Nov 2012
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES WASHINGTON DC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY INSTITUTE
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Academic institutions, industrial organizations, and Federal laboratories make up the system of research organizations that support science and technology for U.S. national security. For the approximately 80 Federal laboratories with a national security focus, missions, research portfolios, budgets, and governance structures vary significantly. STPI convened a series of expert-panel discussions aimed at studying the sufficiency of the Federal laboratory system s governance structures to meet future national security needs. The panel discussions focused on trends affecting Federal laboratories with national security missions, the advantages and disadvantages of the various Federal laboratory governance structures, and how best to prepare for the United States future national security needs. The panels consisted of former and current laboratory directors, agency-level personnel, and laboratory leaders from academia and industry. This report presents expert recommendations from the panel discussions and literature review for ensuring the national security Federal laboratory system is capable of addressing current and future challenges.
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