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The Fate of Sgt. Smith: Restriction on Non-DoD Conference Travel

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The laboratories and testing centers in the Department of Defense DoD are primary sources of technological innovation in making our warfighters more mission-capable. A large number of facilities within each of the three Services the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army are dedicated to providing the U.S. military with its technological edge through research, development, test and evaluation RDTE centers. Although the U.S. Marine Corps USMC has activities in RDTE, they are largely provided by the U.S. Navy. There are various categories of research and development, but let s look at what is considered fundamental research. This refers to basic research and applied research. Basic research is systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications in mind 6.1 funded. Applied research is the systematic study to gain knowledge or understanding necessary to determine the means by which a recognized and specific need may be met 6.2 funded. A great advantage of research, especially fundamental research, is that it enables our Services to start fighting the enemy on the battlefield 10 to 15 years in the future. As with most activities, the greater the funding the better however, budgets always are limited and it is necessary to get the most out of the funds available. This includes both adopting new policiespractices and shedding existing ones that interfere with generating great research in support of military systems development. A current policy that is greatly detrimental to advancing fundamental research but readily fixable is the specific restriction on attending conferences not organized by DoD. This does not refer to the general DoD policy that reduces travel. The general restriction on travel is to reduce its relative proportion of the budget. Limited budgets mandate restricted expenditures.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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