to insertion. Together the AFOSR and the AFRL should develop a research portfolio that covers a wider range of near-, mid-, and far-term needs.

  • The United States should continue to develop computational methods to shorten materials development time and to reduce the time required for testing and materials validation so as to reduce the risk related to insertion of new materials.

  • The Air Force should fully implement the R&D strategy that it develops, and it should reevaluate its strategy annually.

THE WAY AHEAD

For many years the United States has defined the leading edge of propulsion and propulsion materials technology. This technology has provided the nation with a military and commercial competitive advantage. Due to changing priorities, atrophying infrastructure, and a much more competitive global environment, the United States must take action to regain its competitive position.



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