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FIGURE NHS-3 Department of Defense (DOD) 6.1 expenditures, 1994-2005, in millions of constant 2004 dollars.

SOURCE: National Science Board. Science and Engineering Indicators 2004. NSB 04-01. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation, 2004.

Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) also depend on continuing to exploit the enhanced capabilities that can emerge from advances in S&T; the report called for significantly increasing S&T spending within the DOD budget.4

Achieving these goals will require a return to the traditional strong support for basic and applied research, in particular in the physical sciences and engineering. These goals also will demand initiatives in new and emerging areas of S&T, such as those called for by the QDR and a recent Defense Science Board study.5 In addition, these changes are considered essential to sustaining the role that defense research has played in improving the broader health of the US S&T enterprise.

Among the actions that have been proposed for the federal government are these:


Department of Defense. Quadrennial Defense Review Report. Washington, DC: Department of Defense, 2001.


Defense Science Board. The Defense Science Board 2001 Summer Study on Defense Science and Technology. Washington, DC: Defense Science Board, 2001.

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