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Seven Defense Priorities for the New Administration

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Defense Science Board Washington United States

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The Defense Science Board DSB provides the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics USDAT and L,the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other senior officials including the Secretaries of the Military Departments and the Commanders of the Combatant Commands with independent advice and recommendations on critical national security issues involving science and technology. The DSB addresses the Secretarys most irksome problems and potent opportunities, unstructured and consequential, that involve science and technology and almost always also involve to a degree policy, strategy, acquisition, manufacturing,operational concepts and rules of engagement. All members of the DSB have strong science and technology backgrounds, and are either former senior military officers, senior executives from defense and commercial industry, university professors, former senior officials from the Department of Defense and the intelligence community, national laboratories, and leaders from Federally Funded Research and Development Centers. DSB began in 1956 2016 is its 60th anniversary. During the last dozen years the DSB published a number of reports for the Secretary, and this report summarizes the main findings and recommendations of those efforts. The purpose of the report is to assist the incoming Administration to make a fast start in addressing pressing national security issues and opportunities. While the topics that have been addressed span a wide range, seven major themes dominated the DSBs considerations. They are listed below, and elaborated in the seven chapters that follow, which also reference the in-depth reports underlying those seven themes.

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