2007-2008 Assessment of the Army Research Laboratory

  • AuthorLaboratory Assessments Board Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences National Research Council
  • Title2007-2008 Assessment of the Army Research Laboratory
  • PublisherNational Academies Press
  • Copyright2009
  • ISBN978-0-309-14390-X5

This report, the latest in a series of biennial assessments of the scientific and technical quality of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), summarizes findings for the 2007-2008 period, during which 95 volunteer experts in a variety of fields in science and engineering visited ARL annually, received formal presentations on technical work, examined facilities, engaged in technical discussions with ARL staff, and reviewed technical materials. The experts conclude that the overall quality of the ARL staff is impressive and that the work continues to be relevant to the Army's needs, with a clear focus on the needs of soldiers in the field. Although only two directorates have large program-support missions, all of them are mindful of the importance of transitioning technology to support the Army's immediate and near-term needs. ARL staff are also becoming more involved with the wider scientific and engineering community (e.g., monitoring developments, engaging in collaborative projects [e.g., Collaborative Technology Alliances], and sharing results through peer reviews).