The Department of Defense is embarked on efforts to transform the
nation's armed forces to meet the demands being placed on them by a changing
world order. There is a growing threat of missiles, information warfare
and biological, chemical, and nuclear weaponry, different than the cold
war era threat, but equally troublesome. Similarly, there is the need
to begin creating the military of the future - one that takes full advantage
of revolutionary new technologies. Further, the Department must modernize
and transform the business of defense, getting the best value for the
taxpayer's money. As the Department develops new strategies and new concepts
within the context of these objectives, the wise counsel and advice of
the Defense Science Board will be critically important.
Over the last
50 years, the Board has ably served the nation in numerous ways by providing
innovative solutions to myriad technological, operational and managerial problems.
In the transformation processes needed to ensure success in the military and national
security endeavors, such wise counsel will be of even greater value to the Department.