ABSTRACT

Evaluating Defense Department Research   [open pdf - 127KB]

Congress must vote funding for-- and sometimes choose among--an extremely complex assortment of highly technical proposals for supporting the defense technology base. Any type of systematic approach that could make this task more tractable, rational, and transparent would be attractive. One approach that seems, at first examination, to hold much promise is some sort of "decision-support system" or, as it is sometimes called, "risk analysis" often used by commercial research groups. Closer examination reveals that such approaches are too limited in scope to apply across the whole range of projects that Congress must consider, although the approach can still be applied to specific cases. One limitation of using a decision-support system is that the method requires a quantitative measure of "benefit," which is very difficult to produce when dealing with questions of national security. This is not to say that members of Congress do not have clear ideas of national security objectives, just that these ideas typically are not readily quantifiable.

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1990-07
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Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, http://www.wws.princeton.edu/~ota
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