Accession Number : ADA536743


Title :   Defense AR Journal. Volume 18, Number 1, Issue 57


Descriptive Note : Journal


Corporate Author : DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIV FT BELVOIR VA


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA536743


Report Date : JAN 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 126


Abstract : 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 (S&T) is more of a random process than accepted methodology. Considering the importance to the commercial world of optimally located international research and development (R&D) 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 S&T mining centers is possible. Finding the optimal technologies available for the nation's warfighters ensures world-class technologies for U.S. military programs and saves defense funding of R&D for developing existent S&T 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 today's 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.


Descriptors :   *ACQUISITION , *MILITARY RESEARCH , *DECISION MAKING , *METHODOLOGY , NATIONAL SECURITY , KNOWLEDGE BASED SYSTEMS , INTERNATIONAL , LEADERSHIP , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , WARFARE , LEADING EDGES , ECONOMICS


Subject Categories : MILITARY OPERATIONS, STRATEGY AND TACTICS


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE