“Failure to properly appraise the extent of scientific developments in
enemy countries may have more immediate and catastrophic
consequences than failure in any other field of intelligence.”
—Task Force Report on National Security Organization (the Eberstadt Report) (1948)
“Failure to properly resource and use our own R&D to appraise,
exploit, and counter the scientific and technical developments
of our adversaries—including both state and non-state actors—
may have more immediate and catastrophic consequences
than failure in any other field of intelligence.”
—National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs
of the United States Intelligence Community (2013)
The National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community spent the better part of 2013 working on this report. Taia Global’s founder, Jeffrey Carr, was one of many national experts called upon to provide insight into where the IC should be spending their R&D dollars over the next ten years. The report’s findings validates the focus of Taia Global as it continues to build the world’s first commercial data base of rival state research and development priorities.
For example, the reports first finding and recommendation was to “Broaden Scientific and Technical Intelligence”:
Finding 1: The Commission found a limited effort by the IC to discern and exploit the strategic R&D—especially non-military R&D—intentions and capabilities of our adversaries, and to counter our adversaries‘ theft or purchase of U.S. technology.
Recommendation 1: Conduct comprehensive strategic scientific and technical intelligence (S&TI); use it for IC R&D planning and resource allocation.
The full report is available here.