The reasons for having a DoD Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP), are the same today as those stated in the Secretary of Defense Memorandum and Directive, May 14, 1951, signed by George C. Marshall, Secretary of Defense, when he established the Armed Services Technical Information Agency (ASTIA), now the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC).
"... the decision to launch this undertaking was based upon recognition of the fact that the end product of all Department of Defense sponsored research and development -- i.e., the recorded conclusions -- costing vast sums of money and irreplaceable scientific effort, must be assembled, organized, preserved, and made available for future reference by those concerned with exploring and guarding the scientific frontiers of the Nation." (Report on the Armed Services Technical Information Agency, 30 June 1957)
Required by DoD Directive
3200.12, “DoD Scientific and Technical Information Program