Defense Science and Technology Strategy, September 1994   [open pdf - 1MB]

"Dramatic changes affect our national security posture. With the end of the Cold War have come heightened threats of regional conflicts, pro1iferation of weapons of mass destruction, and increased demand for peacekeeping and humanitarian missions. At the same time, force structure has been reduced, and development and production of new weapon systems has been sharply curtailed. In addition, our national economic security is challenged. Shrinking defense budgets dictate that we can no longer afford defense-funded, defense-unique solutions to our requirements. Furthermore, for an increasing number of defense-critical technologies, commercial demand, not defense demand, drives technical progress. The Defense Science and Technology Strategy is responsive to new threats, challenges, demands, and opportunities. Technological superiority remains essential, but it is no longer sufficient. Our vision contains two new elements that complement and extend it: affordable weaponry and enhanced economic security. Together they demand that the DoD pursue technology in new ways. We must utilize the economies of scale and technology innovation of commercial industry. We must improve productivity and reduce costs. Above all we must assure technological superiority."

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