Guiding Principles for Science and Technology ManagementThe following are DOD's recently issued guiding
science and technology management:
(1) Transition technology to address warfare needs:
(2) Reduce cost:
- Work with the warfighters;
- Move promising concepts rapidly;
- Insert technology into in-service systems; and
(3) Strengthen the commercial-military industrial base:
- Use the best commercial products, practices, and capabilities;
- Improve manufacturing processes;
- Consider environmental factors;
- Establish service
affordability programs; and
- Reduce the cost of ownership.
(4) Promote basic research:
- Develop dual-use technologies and processes;
- Formalize each service's program in
- Sustain investments in priority technologies;
- Exploit commercial technologies;
- Strengthen technology transfer; and
- Develop field selected initiatives to apply technology to societal needs.
(5) Ensure quality:
- Support quality basic research;
- Sustain stable research funding;
- Educate future scientists and engineers; and
- Promote teamwork and partnerships.
- Downsize, outsource, and restructure the DOD research and development test and evaluation (RDT&E) infrastructure;
- Retain a critical mass of internal expertise;
- Encourage innovation;
- Strengthen project Reliance;
- Enhance the
quality of staff and facilities; and
- Monitor and collaborate in international science efforts (Department of Defense, 1994).