• Byrne replied, noting that Lockheed Martin has 15 strategic technology threads in which it has seen disruption that might be important to its customers. These threads mesh with Lockheed Martin’s organizational competences. She described the company’s use of business intelligence software to observe trends in patents and research. This allows it to see for a given country where its technological capabilities and interests lie.
Committee Co-Chair Augustine made an observation on the ability of program managers of R&D projects and the like to make lateral moves—specifically that 30 years ago you could work in DOD and then back into industry. Today, however, there is a regime in force related to conflict of interest that would prevent one from doing this.
• Chu agreed that this is a serious problem that has made it difficult to attract mid-career talent. He stressed the need to ask the question, Why don’t people come? Chu suggested that the input of the NRC to that evidentiary process would be of great value.