In an article for Defense News, Navigant offers guidance on navigating frequent changes in leadership, budget, and research prioritization
An uncertain political climate has some wondering about the future of research and development, particularly for national security and defense agencies. While the proposed 2018 budget includes a $52 billion increase over current U.S. Department of Defense spending, the specifics of how that funding will be applied to science and technology remain vague.
“In R&D, the long game is critical. The advances seen today are based on decades of scientific and technological investments often supported by federal resources and their ability to integrate technologies across multiple disciplines,” says Russell King-Jones, director at Navigant, in an article for Defense News. “In the current political environment, where the focus appears to be on the near term, R&D managers will be faced with the difficult question of how to balance their investments to meet the current leadership focus while preserving a research pipeline in emerging areas.
Offering guidance on this responsibility, King-Jones identifies five strategies to successfully navigate the frequent changes in leadership, budget, and research prioritization in order to manage federally funded R&D portfolios:
“With the current White House push to reduce funding of basic science and focus on later-stage science and technology, the superiority advantage is likely to erode further,” King-Jones adds. “At some level, it will be up to R&D portfolio managers to maintain the U.S. science and technology offset advantage through skillful balancing of investments against the near- and far-term, and low and high risk.”