Recommendation. To accommodate the challenges of an expanded program in IS&T—which is called for because of the pervasiveness of IS&T in network-enabled Air Force operations—AFOSR should not only continue to build a strong, world-class base of PIs but should also develop highly interactive research communities of PIs with common goals and benchmarks, probably focused on the grand challenges suggested in Chapter 7. In some cases this will be possible through multidisciplinary activities (MURIs, PRETS, etc.). In others it will be essential to develop teams of researchers, perhaps on the scale of MURIs, to meet the challenges posed by the Air Force long-term goals.

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