Defense Research: A Primer on the Department of Defense's Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) Program [Updated July 14, 1999] [open pdf - 75KB]
"This report describes the basic elements and issues of the Department of Defense's (DOD) Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) Program. It defines basic activities supported by the program, presents budget trends, discusses the management of program, and describes the infrastructure in which the program is implemented. This report is for staff new to the area of defense research and for senior staff interested in historical trends. This report will be updated periodically. For tracking congressional action on the current year's budget, the reader is referred to the Issue Brief entitled Defense Research: DOD's Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) Program, by the same author."
CRS Report for Congress, 97-316