The committee believes that a portfolio of efforts is needed for BSEE to find and solicit advances in candidate technologies and systems. Such efforts can accelerate the introduction of candidate technologies and lead to a key role for BSEE in influencing technology development. For example, BSEE could engage in multiparty collaborations and could focus TA&R efforts on basic and forward-looking collaborative R&D initiatives, where limited funds can provide better leverage. As discussed in the next chapter, better exploitation of these sources of ideas and technologies demands significant additional BSEE resources (including in-house technical domain and program management and personnel training) so that results can be achieved and a higher level of engagement with industry can be sustained.

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