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Governance Charter for an Interagency Council on the Strategic Capability of DOE National Laboratories as National Security Assets

GOVERNANCE CHARTER
FOR AN INTERAGENCY COUNCIL
ON THE STRATEGIC CAPABILITY
OF DOE NATIONAL LABORATORIES
AS NATIONAL SECURITY ASSETS

1)   PURPOSE

The purpose of this Charter is to provide a framework for the participating agencies to coordinate shared, long-term planning for the science, technology, and engineering (ST&E) capabilities resident in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Laboratories and other DOE sites (hereinafter. National Laboratories), and other ST&E capabilities of the Parties, that are of cross-cutting strategic national security interest.

2)   BACKGROUND

The National Laboratories have the tequisite expertise and facilities that uniquely position them to provide a wide range of ST&E capabilities critical to meeting a rapidly expanding and evolving array of national security challenges. Given an uncertain future and the increasing pull on the same resources by many Federal agencies, an executive-level forum is needed to ensure integrated planning for the utilization, through DOE, of the National Laboratory capabilities, encouraging optimal alignment with the highest priority national security needs. This Governance Charter is intended to provide a mechanism for the Parties to engage in interagency long-term strategic planning for capabilities that are unique to the National Laboratories. This will ensure that certain national security priorities can be supported by these unique capabilities in a coordinated, effective, and efficient manner.

3)   OBJECTIVES

The objectives of this Governance Charter aire to:

•   Provide a forum for the Parties‘ leadership to identify and plan strategic ST&E collaboration of common interest in the area of nationa] socurily;

•   Examine critical strategic mission needs requiring the 5T&E capabilities unique to the National Laboratories;

•   Develop a mechanism for two or more of tfcc Parties to undertake long-term strategic planning of common interest to develop and sustain strategic capabilittes of inter-agency interest at the National Laboratories; and

•   Create an interagency framework for tow or more Parties to consider making collaborative national security investment decisions.



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