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Naval Studies Board 40th Anniversary: 1974-2014 (2014)

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Suggested Citation:"Special Projects." National Research Council. 2014. Naval Studies Board 40th Anniversary: 1974-2014. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/19543.


“In network-centric operations, naval force and other Service elements, organized as a single, joint, networked system, will be able to achieve mission objectives far more rapidly, decisively, and with greater economy of force than was possible earlier.”

Network-Centric Naval Forces: A Transition Strategy for Enhancing Operational Capabilities, 2000

Making Sense of Ballistic Missile Defense: An Assessment of Concepts and Systems for U.S. Boost-Phase Missile Defense in Comparison to Other Alternatives (2012)

Experimentation and Rapid Prototyping in Support of Counterterrorism (2009)

Effects of Nuclear Earth-Penetrator and Other Weapons (2005)

Making the Nation Safer: The Role of Science and Technology in Countering Terrorism (a special project of the National Academies, 2002)

Symposia on Naval Hydrodynamics (1978-2005)

Georg Weinblum Memorial Lecture Series (1983-2005)

International Science Lecture Series (1990-2000)

International Hydrodynamics Conferences (1978-1993)

The Charles H. Davis Lecture Series (U) (classified, 1979-1988)

Proceedings of the Naval Space Symposium (1986)

Proceedings of the Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Problem Solving (U) (classified, 1985)

Proceedings of the Navy Space Symposium (U) (classified, 1982)

Science and the Future Navy: A Symposium (in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the Office of Naval Research, 1977)


Suggested Citation:"Special Projects." National Research Council. 2014. Naval Studies Board 40th Anniversary: 1974-2014. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/19543.
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Forty years ago the Naval Studies Board was created at the request of then Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. As stated in his request to the National Academy of Sciences, he thought it important for the Navy to have an outside resource to which it could turn "for independent and outside counsel on any area of its responsibilities involving the interplay of scientific and technical matters with other national issues." Admiral Zumwalt, together with Under Secretary of the Navy Honorable David S. Potter and President of the National Academy of Sciences Dr. Philip Handler, recognized the importance of not only continuing but also focusing and strengthening the relationship that had existed between the National Academy of Sciences and the Department of the Navy since the Academy's creation in 1863.

To commemorate this special anniversary, Naval Studies Board 40th Anniversary provides an overview of the history, mission, and accomplishments of the Board. In the coming years, the Naval Studies Board will continue to serve as a source of independent, long-range, scientific and technical planning advice for the nation's naval forces. It will also work to ensure that the relationships between the operational, science, engineering, and technical communities remain as strong and productive as ever to ensure that progress continues in areas most critical to meeting future naval forces’ needs.

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