UK/US Task Force on Defense-Critical Technologies to Meet April 1
According to Cryptome, a Defense Science Board Task Force on “Identifying and Sustaining U.S. Department of Defense/UK Ministry of Defence Defense Critical Technologies” will meet in closed session on April 1, 2005 at Strategic Analysis, Inc. of Arlington, VA. The Task Force’s mission is to produce a methodology to identify unique defense technologies, as well as commercially developed technologies needing augmentation to fulfill defense niche areas; and then apply the methodology to develop a list of defense critical technologies.
The public statement and directive notes that the task force:
“…should focus its effort on high leverage, differentiated and transformational technologies. The Study may then use this list of defense critical technologies to further assess the tools available to the U.S. DoD or UK MoD to develop its critical technology needs. Some of the considerations the Study should examine include mechanisms to develop niches in pre-existing technologies, foster new technology until the commercial marketplace takes over, or develop technology without any expectation of commercial development; the analysis should include a review of the applicable acquisition/business case. Finally, the Study should consider the impact of technology development in other countries and the implications that this may have on Anglo-U.S. unique needs.”