Defense IR&D Policy Shift Is Unnecessary, Counterproductive

Law360, New York (December 1, 2016, 9:37 PM EST) -- Tom Lemmer

Gale Monahan Since 1996, the congressional policy regarding independent research and development (IR&D) has been that the government should minimally regulate IR&D because national interests benefit from broad and robust private development of new technology. For nearly two decades, the U.S. Department of Defense IR&D policy has followed this “hands-off” approach. Beginning in 2015, however, the DOD began reversing its hands-off policy to assert more control over technology development in response to the 2010 resolution of the long-standing issue of when research and development (R&D)...
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