President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC): Research and Development Task Force: The Critical Importance of Testbeds for National Security and Emergency Preparedness Research and Development [open pdf - 173KB]
"At its fifth Research and Development Exchange (RDX) Workshop in March 2003, the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) realized the need for a large-scale testbed to be used as an environment in which to test national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) systems ('systems' herein meaning telecommunications, networking and related information technology systems) and critical infrastructure dependencies on such systems. In October 2004, the President's NSTAC held its sixth RDX Workshop in Monterey, California. Participants again emphasized the critical importance of supporting research and development (R&D) initiatives addressing emerging communications technologies through modeling, simulation, and testbeds. Historically, testbeds have been developed to test new service offerings with the period of time between the definition of a new offering and full deployment being considerable. In the current environment, testbeds must be forward looking, swiftly incorporating new technologies and services before such innovations are introduced on a broad scale. In the future, expenses and network complexities will continue to grow. However, these increasing costs could be mitigated by the benefits of developing joint, collaborative, distributed testbeds. Such shared environments could increase cost-efficiency and improve technical effectiveness of the results. Experience indicates that the private sector will form collaborative, multi-organization testbeds where they enhance the potential for broad deployment of the technologies and significant economic payback is possible. Investment in collaboration to the same extent is far less likely for the significantly smaller return offered by NS/EP systems and related critical infrastructure dependencies."
National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC): http://www.ncs.gov/nstac/