19 January 1996 Defense Department's role in advanced technology: a personal perspective
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The Department of Defense is both a developer and user of advanced technology. It does so, not as an end unto itself, but in support of its mission, which is to protect the national security of the country. In part, this is accomplished by 'supporting the warfighter,' and in part, by supporting the national leaders of the country. In accomplishing these ends, a careful balance must be achieved to ensure the Department has the necessary technology to successfully carry out its mission, without the imposition of 'an industrial policy.' Nor can the Department afford the creation of an artificial market, which only it will support, if alternative industrial markets will suffice.
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Ray I. McFarland, Ray I. McFarland, "Defense Department's role in advanced technology: a personal perspective", Proc. SPIE 2617, Multimedia: Full-Service Impact on Business, Education, and the Home, (19 January 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.230420; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.230420


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