RAND Participates in Army Science Board Summer Study 2000

Continuing the tradition of RAND's participation in the prestigious Army Science Board (ASB), the Secretary of the Army invited  RAND researchers to contribute to the ASB Summer Study 2000. Marygail Brauner, a Senior Operations Researcher at RAND, was appointed as a co-chair. David Chu, Vice President of the Army Research Division and Director of the RAND Arroyo Center, is a member of the study's Sustain and Support panel. RAND researcher John Winkler is a Government Advisor to the Training Panel.

The Army Science Board (ASB) is a Federal Advisory Committee made up of world-class scientists, engineers, technologists, and operational experts. The committee makes independent, unbiased recommendations on scientific and technological matters to the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition Logistics and Technology), the Army Staff, and major Army commanders.

ASB members, who come from the private sector, academia, and non-DOD government agencies, are invited to participate by the Secretary of the Army, who also appoints the chair(s). The ASB usually conducts two year-long summer studies to address major Army concerns or issues. Studies in FY99 included "Enabling Rapid and Decisive Strategic Maneuver for the Army After 2010", and "Full-Spectrum Protection for 2025-Era Ground Platforms". This year's summer study is "Technical and Tactical Opportunities for Revolutionary Advances in Rapidly Deployable Joint Ground Forces in the 2015-2025 Era".

Participants have completed an executive summary of the results to date. A report-writing session and outbriefing to Army and DoD leaders was held in late July at the University of California's Beckman Center in Newport Beach, CA. At the conclusion of the study, the ASB will make recommendations. A general office or Senior Executive Service member appointed by the Army will use these recommendations to develop an implementation plan. The Army will then formally review all recommendations made by the ASB and act on those that are considered most important.

ASB reports are available for official use only upon completion of the study but will be made available to the public once they are cleared by the Army's Public Affairs office.