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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 692-94
December 12, 1994

DOD RELEASES FINAL REPORT ON BUILDING

U. S. FLAT PANEL DISPLAY CAPABILITIES

The Department of Defense today released the report entitled "Building U. S. Capabilities in Flat Panel Displays." The report contains the final analysis of an interagency group that conducted a year-long study on how the military could best obtain early, assured, and affordable access to advanced display technology.

Flat panel displays--visual screens that are millimeters deep, very light, rugged, and portable--will be essential to maintaining superiority in the battlefield of the future. In the preface to the report, Deputy Secretary of Defense John M. Deutch wrote, " As our display technology investments came up for review in early 1993, it became evident that a clear path that would enable the Department to procure advanced flat panel displays for military systems remained elusive and uncertain. The continued availability of leading edge display technology for military applications posed a potential concern for the technology and industrial base supporting the national defense."

The report concludes that U. S. flat panel display capabilities can be enhanced by increasing funding for flat panel display manufacturing research and development and its infrastructure; by speeding up the use of advanced display technology in military and other government systems; and by developing measures to promote more open markets for U. S. display producers.

Media representatives may obtain copies of "Building U. S. Capabilities in Flat Panel Displays" from DoD's Directorate for Defense Information, (703) 695-0192. Other requesters should call (703) 697-5737.