The Director of Defense Research & Engineering announced today the distribution
of a new booklet that presents several examples, taken from the general press,
of benefits from defense basic research.
This booklet was prepared primarily for use by the military services but is now
being distributed also to the general public. Defense Basic Research: A
Prospectus provides a glimpse into the dividends already received from the
Department of Defense's investments in basic research and forecasts the future
returns from ongoing programs for the military mission as well as economic
well-being of the nation. Defense basic research is presented as the
foundation of our future military security, a major contributor to economic
security and a fertile source for innovations that benefit our nation.
The prospectus shows examples of breakthroughs in areas of military relevance:
lasers, information processing, electronics, visual imaging, night vision,
global positioning, aviation, novel materials, and life-preserving advancement;
these breakthroughs have also had a profound impact on everyday life. It goes
on to show forecasts of military innovations that are expected to lead to
benefits for the public in the areas of information technology, virtual
reality, artificial intelligence, enhanced learning and training, adaptive
manufacturing, powerful materials and structures, health care and environmental
Defense Basic Research: A Prospectus can be obtained from the office of the
Directorate of Defense Information at the Pentagon, RM 2E765 for the media.