2. People--The Key To The Future
Approximately 10,000 in-house personnel in 30 laboratories, centers, and institutes are funded by S&T. Working at a diversified set of facilities, ranging from solid-state physics laboratories to outdoor experimental ranges, these personnel conduct research, technology development, "smart buyer", and product support activities for the total Army. Highly motivated, competent, well-trained people are essential to the success of the Army S&T strategy. Keeping the in-house work force technically competent in a rapidly changing environment is a major objective for the future. The DoD Laboratory Quality Initiative (LQI) allows revised procurement rules and investment in facilities which will assist in meeting the challenge. Laboratory consolidations to increase the critical mass of scientific personnel, laboratory modernization, the experimental use of wider pay bands, special pay, and other OSD and Army initiatives are being studied to remedy this problem.
Demographic projections for college graduates indicate a declining number of engineers and scientists in the period to 2015. The Army is the DoD leader in Youth Outreach (see Figure I-36), Historically Black College/University/Minority Institution (HBCU/MI) (see Figure I-37), and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs. Every university research center of excellence and federated laboratory is required to have an HBCU partner who performs a significant amount of the research. Army stay-in-school and summer intern programs have convinced many students to study science and engineering (see Figure I-38).
Figure I-36. Youth Science Activities
Figure I-37. Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions
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Figure I-38. Army 6.1 Funding in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education