A major element of the Army strategy is a strong, viable, high-quality in-house research capability. Laboratories and centers are the key organizations responsible for technical leadership, scientific advancement, and support for the acquisition process, including a smart buyer function. The Army S&T organizational structure is illustrated in Figure I-33; the funding breakdown by organization type is shown in Figure I-34.
|Figure I-33. Army S&T Organization|
|Figure I-34. S&T Funding Strategy
As shown in Figure I-34, ARO is funded entirely with 6.1. Less than 10 percent is used in-house; the rest goes to fund this nation's best university researchers. ARL is mission funded with basic research (6.1), applied research (6.2), and management support (6.6), of which it spends more than 40 percent with industry and academia. It is a corporate laboratory, serving many research, development, and engineering centers (RDECs), PEOs, and Defense agency customers. S&T funding for AMC RDECs is only about one-fourth of total RDEC funding. Approximately 60 percent of the RDEC S&T funding goes to industry.