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Release No: 569-94
October 06, 1994

DEPUTY SECRETARY ANNOUNCES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY

Deputy Secretary of Defense John Deutch and Director, Defense Research and Engineering Anita Jones today released the Defense Science and Technology Strategy.

Deputy Secretary Deutch, in introducing the Strategy, called it "a coherent, well-thought out plan for keeping our national security technological edge in a time of profound change." He continued, "The world has undergone a great change. The Defense Department must continue to respond in an integrated way to this change, and the Strategy provides a new blueprint for the Department's science and technology program."

Jones, whose remarks followed those of Deputy Secretary Deutch, said, "This Strategy responds to the new demands of Post-Cold War era. It calls for technology to be developed to reduce cost as well as to meet the warfighters' need. Technology can and must ensure that the military departments can buy more for less.Ó

Continuing, Jones added, "The Department is for the first time proactively developing technology that has the potential to be the basis for both military and commercial products. This contributes to integration of commercial and defense industry. An integrated industrial base will serve defense needs better, as well as enhance U.S. economic competitiveness.Ó

The Defense Science and Technology Strategy addresses the different demands on the warfighter imposed by the new world order. The Defense science and technology program must develop technological options, and rapidly transition the most promising of them to the operating forces. The Strategy ensures that all of the Department's science and technology resources will be working toward that goal, while emphasizing technology for affordability and dual use.

Budget decreases compel the consideration of affordability as an integral part of the science and technology program. The strategy of technology for affordability permits materiel and systems to be developed at a lower cost, to be longer-lived, and to be incrementally enhanced in capability through planned upgrades. Through technology, the military can develop less costly materials, optimize manufacturing processes, and improve methods of maintenance.

The development of dual-use technologies allows the investment in national security to also strengthen the overall U.S. economy. DoD benefits from the aggressive technology maturation rates and cost reductions that come with developing commercial and military products from a common production line.

Certain important technologies remain unique to the military. Investment will continue in such areas as nuclear weapons, the acoustic quieting of submarines and missile guidance.

The Defense Technology Plan, a companion document released at the same time discusses 19 technology areas in detail. For each area, it documents specific objectives, funding and schedules, and provides an overview of the program to meet stated objectives. This comprehensive plan will ensure that the DoD investment in technology effectively and aggressively develops technology to meet the warfighters' needs.

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