This research brief describes work documented in Priority-Setting and Strategic Sourcing in the Naval Research, Development, and Technology Infrastructure (MR-588-NAVY/OSD).

Excerpt: Concerns have been raised that the current drawdown in defense force structure has been accompanied by too slow a drawdown in infrastructure (assets devoted to research, development, technology, engineering, production, and support). Meanwhile, proponents of acquisition reform have questioned whether the various organizations within the Department of Defense (DoD) need to retain as much of their infrastructure in house as they have. In response, the Department of the Navy (DON) has been critically examining its infrastructure. A RAND research team led by Kenneth V. Saunders supported this effort in three ways:

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