Access to international capabilities through existing exchange mechanisms offers a potential vehicle for a near-term return on investment. Equally important, these programs are the base from which our longer term strategy will evolve. As part of that long-term strategy, our objective is to emphasize high leverage opportunities, with partnerships where we anticipate the best prospects for sustained excellence in technology. The following pages, provide a snapshot of international basic research capabilities and trends having potential to address one or more of the long-term research goals identified in Chapter V of the ASTMP. Many of these areas overlap opportunities highlighted in the previous section, and indicate prospects for long-term partnerships and further cooperative advances. Others indicate areas where future opportunities may develop, either under an existing exchange or a new initiative.
The following discussion and trends charts portray very clearly the international scope and advance of science and technology. As might be expected, opportunities for cooperation in basic research are far more pervasive, and widely dispersed, than those for applied research in technology discussed in the previous section. Increased global accessibility of scientific information is such that no researcher is out of touch with his or her field. Collaborative research across international boundaries is commonplace.
Taken as a whole, the trends charts indicate a high and growing level of scientific research capabilities abroad in virtually every aspect identified as of importance to the U.S. Army. This suggests the importance of an international cooperative strategy that can effectively encompass both immediate opportunities and long-range cooperative partnerships.
The POC for requests for further information regarding International Cooperative Opportunities described in this section is:
Mr. Stephen Cohn
Army Research Laboratory
2800 Powder Mill Road
Adelphi, MD 20783-1197
Parties with interests in specific cooperative programs and wishing to determine contacts in other countries should contact the appropriate Army Regional Offices, as follows:
Dr. Iqbal Ahmad
Director ARO International Programs
and ARO-Pan American
POB 12211, Research Triangle Pk, NC 27709
Dr. Julian Wu
Director ARO-Far East
Akasaka Press Center
7-23-17 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Tokyo 106, Japan
Dr. Karl Steinbach
Director European Research Office
223 Old Marylebone Road
London NW1 5TH
These offices are tasked with keeping abreast with important developments in science and technology in their respective areas