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R&D Death Spiral
10/02/2000

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) has been and will remain active and committed to preserving America's future military capabilities. Army transformation and future readiness are dependent on adequate, focused and stable investment in research, development and acquisition of the innovative technologies and systems that will sustain our Army's superiority. Unfortunately, the 10-year period from 1990 to 2000 saw deep, sustained cuts in Department of Defense research and development (R&D) investment. R&D funding is essential to elimination of known deficiencies, development of new capabilities, innovation and development of new technologies. Even Army science and technology funding has lacked stability, and until very recently, experienced reductions in funding. These dangerous trends, if not reversed, could prevent the military services -- and the Army in particular -- from successfully transforming to meet future challenges.

Supporting Documents:
The Research, Development and Acquisition "Death Spiral": Future Readiness at Risk (PDF, National Security Report, October 2000)
Strategic Responsiveness: New Paradigm for a Transformed Army (PDF, Defense Report 00-3, October 2000)
Research and Development: Enabling Transformation (PDF, Army Report, October 2000)


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