As the leader of the DoD’s scientific and technical information (STINFO) program, DTIC has the responsibility to develop, coordinate and enable a strong STINFO program for the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)) and the DoD Scientific & Technical (S&T) enterprise. Our aim is to maximize the availability and use of technical information and products resulting from defense-funded technical activities while ensuring restrictions in national security, export control and intellectual property rights are safeguarded.
It is DoD policy to establish and maintain a coordinated and comprehensive program to document the results and outcomes of DoD-sponsored and performed research and engineering (R&E) studies and to provide access to those efforts in an effective manner. In the 21st Century, supporting the S&T and RDT&E communities will require that we integrate, more than ever, our collections with databases, information links and the latest information technology, no matter the source. Our customers, from individual researchers to acquisition professionals, will be able to quickly fuse information into the most complete picture needed in a matter of minutes to hours; not days to months.
W. Brian Arthur wrote: “Technology springs from three sources: (1) technology that already exists and can be recombined in new ways to create new technologies, (2) technologies that spring from basic research breakthroughs, and (3) technology that is required to support the new technologies emerging from the previous two methods.”
DTIC’s rich collections contain the technologies that are known; DTIC is the information repository from which new technologies arise. We are moving rapidly to create the DTIC Information Cloud, combining the best elements of Web 2.0 capabilities enhanced with the superb collections in DTIC’s repository to create one integrated information space, improving the DoD’s RDT&E capabilities, reducing costs, reducing development timelines and fielding solutions more quickly. The DTIC Information Cloud will help DoD researchers and acquisition professionals find people, build communities, ask questions, search topics, collaborate, share knowledge of needs and capabilities to facilitate solutions for our warfighters.
As DTIC leads the department’s STINFO program, we will be the hub of DoD S&T information interchanges, empowering innovators with greater efficiency, effectiveness, and agility by accelerating the delivery of warfighting technology.
We are fully committed to achieving the strategic goals outlined in this plan and urge you to partner with us.