By Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board, Laboratory Assessments Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council
This quantity is the most recent in a chain of biennial checks of the clinical and technical caliber of the military examine Laboratory (ARL). the present record summarizes findings for the 2007-2008 interval, within which ninety five volunteer specialists in fields of technological know-how and engineering participated within the following actions: traveling ARL every year, receiving formal displays of technical paintings, studying amenities, conducting technical discussions with ARL employees, and reviewing ARL technical fabrics. the final caliber of ARL's technical employees and their paintings is still awesome, in addition to the relevance in their paintings to military wishes. ARL keeps to express a transparent, passionate crisis for the tip person of its technology--the soldier within the box. whereas directorates have huge program-support missions, there's huge customer-support paintings around the directorates, which universally reveal mindfulness of the significance of transitioning expertise to help fast and near-term military wishes. ARL employees additionally proceed to extend their involvement with the broader medical and engineering neighborhood. This involvement contains tracking proper advancements in other places, carrying out major collaborative paintings (including the Collaborative know-how Alliances), and sharing paintings via peer stories. mostly, ARL is operating rather well inside a suitable learn and improvement area of interest and has been demonstrating major accomplishments.
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2007-2008 Assessment of the Army Research Laboratory by Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board, Laboratory Assessments Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council