The Role of Science in the Art of War

Thursday February 19, 2004, Noon–1:30 PM
B 369 Rayburn House Office Building

Summary

Throughout military history, new technologies—from the long bow to the atomic bomb—have played decisive roles in the outcome of major conflicts— earning them the title “transformational technologies.”

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) annually invests $65 billion in Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation to provide new weapons systems and technologies. The search for the next transformational technology begins with basic research support, which has been flat funded over the last 20 years.

As the U.S. enters a new era of multiple, asymmetrical threats, investment in the technology pipeline is essential to countering current and future threats. This briefing provided an historical overview of technologies that altered the outcome of past wars and explored how the U.S. Department of Defense can ensure that the United States will be on the winning side of any new technology for war fighting.

Sponsor

American Chemical Society Science and the Congress Project


Featured Speakers

General James B. Smith (Ret.)
Vice President, Precision Engagement, Raytheon Corporation

Dr. Jean-Louis "Dutch" DeGay
Natick Research Lab, Army Objective Force Warrior Program

Dr. Delores M. Etter
ONR Distinguished Chair in S&T, U.S. Naval Academy