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National Security

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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National Security - Table of Contents

Executive Summary

1. The Vision

2. Strategy Elements

3. Implementation

3. Implementation - continued


Appendix A

Appendix B