Strategic Planning Document -
2. Strategy Elements
Our national security science and technology strategy is built
on the following precepts:
Maintain Technological Superiority. Technological superiority
underpins our national military strategy as articulated by the
Joint Chiefs of Staff. During the Cold War, technological
superiority was an effective counter to a numerically superior
foe. Although the threat has changed, we remain committed to
technological superiority in this new era precisely because it
allows us to field the most potent military forces at the lowest
cost to both economic and human.
Invest Broadly in Basic Research. Our strategy is to apply
resources broadly at the basic research level and make further
investment decisions as emerging technologies reveal the most
promising payoff areas.
Use Commercial Technology Where Possible. In many defense
critical technologies, commercial demand rather than defense
requirements drives technical progress. Partnerships with
industry can capture those commercial technologies that present
the greatest potential military application.
Incorporate Affordability. The cost of advanced technology
systems must not be allowed to spiral upward uncontrolled.
Affordability must be designed in from the beginning.
Access International Science and Technology. International
sources of science and technology may well be competitive
with--and in some cases superior to--our own. International
cooperation in science and technology can serve our interests by
augmenting our own science and technology investment and
enhancing our industrial competitiveness.
Address Global Problems at the Root of Conflict. Problems
that are global in scope, such as excessive population growth,
food scarcity, environmental degradation, and deteriorating
health conditions are incompatible with the promotion of
stability, economic growth and the spread of democracy in the
developing world. Science and technology can play a role in
addressing these global challenges, helping to advance democracy
and foster international stability
Mobilize Resources in an Enhanced Interagency Fashion. We can
effectively address the complex national security challenges of
today only by mobilizing all the resources of the federal
government. The management of the national security science and
technology investment requires a significant support
structure--one that takes advantage of the specialized skills
within and across the entire federal government. To better tap
existing federal expertise, and to avoid creating unnecessary
infrastructure, the Committee for National Security fosters
coordination and collaboration among agencies in pursuing the
national security science and technology program.
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