Research & Development Challenges for Regional Stability and Capacity Building   [open pdf - 635KB]

"The President's National Security Strategy of 2006, along with recent U.S. Government (USG) operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, solidified the need for more robust, permanent, and integrated capabilities for regional stabilization, reconstruction, and capacity building. The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) established the Regional Stability Interagency Working Group (RSIWG) under the Committee on Homeland and National Security (CHNS) to identify the research and development (R&D) challenges that should be addressed to improve future operational capabilities. This document provides a focused view of operational challenges and R&D topics that were identified through a series of interagency workshops. The RSIWG focused particularly on those R&D areas that straddle USG department and agency responsibilities and examined capabilities for both USG responders and representatives of host nations and regions."

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