Defense Industrial and Technology Base Initiatives
Directs the Secretary to conduct a program providing for the establishment of cooperative arrangements (partnerships) between DOD and certain entities in order to encourage and provide for R&D of dual-use critical technologies (technologies having both military and nonmilitary commercial applications).
Allows such entities (at least two participating jointly with DOD) to include one or more Federal laboratories, institutions of higher education, State Governmental agencies, and other appropriate participants, as determined by the Secretary. Requires the non-DOD participants to contribute at least 50 percent of the total cost of the partnership activities.
Provides for the protection of information disclosed concerning the R&D activities of the participants.
Requires the Secretary to evaluate proposals for partnerships on a merit basis using a competitive selection process.
Outlines selection criteria.
Directs the Secretary, in consultation and coordination with the Secretary of Commerce, to conduct a program to provide assistance for the activities of eligible regional critical technology application centers (centers) in the United States. Outlines provisions concerning eligible centers, program participants, and assistance for authorized center activities.
Limits such assistance period to six years.
Requires the sponsoring agency of a center to pay at least 70 percent of the total costs incurred for center activities.
Requires a center to operate under a management plan that requires participating firms to have the primary responsibility for directing the activities of the center and to exercise such responsibility through majority voting membership of such firms on the board of directors of the center.
Outlines provisions concerning program administration as well as selection criteria for centers receiving such assistance.
Establishes within the Office of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering the Office for Foreign Defense Technology Monitoring and Assessment (Office) to:
(1) maintain within DOD a central library for the compilation and dissemination of information and assessments regarding significant foreign activities in the R&D and applications of defense critical technologies;
(2) establish and maintain data bases on such information and assessments;
(3) perform certain liaison activities;
(4) provide for public availability of such information and assessments; and
(5) cooperate with the Department of Commerce in the dissemination of information and assessments regarding defense critical technologies having potential commercial uses.
Authorizes the Secretary to establish a foreign critical technology monitoring and assessment program under which the Secretary may enter into cooperative arrangements with one or more nonprofit organizations in order to provide financial assistance for the establishment of foreign critical technology monitoring and assessment offices in Europe, Pacific border countries, and other countries as considered appropriate.
Makes eligible to enter into such cooperative arrangements any nonprofit industrial or professional organization that has economic and scientific interests in R&D and application of dual-use technologies.
Provides funding from this Act for the dual-use critical technology partnerships and cooperative arrangements program for FY 1992 and 1993.
Directs the President to develop and revise as needed a multiyear strategy for federally supported R&D for each critical technology designated by the President. Directs the President, in designating such critical technologies, to begin with those listed in his report to the Congress as submitted under the National Science and Technology Policy, Organization, and Priorities Act of 1976.
Directs the President to report annually to the Congress on the implementation of such requirement.
Makes various administrative revisions to the composition, duties, and reporting requirements of the Critical Technologies Institute as established under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1991.
Requires the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to establish one or more national critical technologies advisory committees.
Directs the President to establish a schedule for the submission of road maps at regular intervals between the enactment of this Act and October 1, 1996.
Authorizes the Secretary to enter into cooperative arrangements (partnerships) with certain entities to encourage and provide for R&D of advanced manufacturing technologies with the potential for having a broad range of applications.
Requires each partnership to be composed of participants from two or more eligible firms.
Allows the inclusion of one or more Federal laboratories, institutions of higher education, State entities, and other participants as deemed appropriate by the Secretary. Outlines provisions concerning program administration and participant selection criteria.
Requires the Secretary to establish at least two partnerships within one year after the enactment of this Act. Provides FY 1992 and 1993 funding for such partnerships.
Directs the Secretary to establish a program:
(1) to support manufacturing extension programs of regions, States, local governments, and private, non-profit organizations;
(2) to promote the development of a broad range of such extension programs; and
(3) to increase the involvement of appropriate segments of the private sector in such programs.Directs the Secretary to award financial assistance under the program on the basis of merit using competitive procedures.
Provides financial assistance limitations.
Requires a major evaluation of each manufacturing extension program receiving financial assistance under the program.
Directs the Secretary and the Secretary of Commerce to enter into an agreement for carrying out the program.
Provides funding for the program from this Act. Directs the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Education and the Directors of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), to establish a program for making grants to institutions of higher education to support the:
(1) enhancement of existing programs in manufacturing engineering education that are conducted by grantee institutions and meet specified requirements; and
(2) establishment of new programs in manufacturing engineering education that meet such requirements.
Requires at least one-third of the grants to be awarded for the latter purpose.
Directs the Secretary to avoid geographical concentration of such awards.
Directs the Secretary and the Director of NSF to enter into an agreement for carrying out the grant program.
Outlines grant program requirements.
Directs the Secretary to solicit from institutions of higher education proposals for grants to be awarded for the support of programs of manufacturing engineering education.
Requires applications to be evaluated on a merit basis under competitive procedures.
Outlines grantee selection criteria.
Limits the Federal contribution of such assistance to 50 percent of the estimated cost of the activities involved.
Directs the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretaries of Education and Commerce, to conduct a program to support specified activities of one or more manufacturing managers and experts at the institution of higher education involved.
Outlines provisions concerning program administration and applicant selection criteria.
Limits the Federal support of such program to 50 percent of the costs of activities to be supported by such assistance.
Requires the Secretary to award such grants within one year after enactment of this Act. Provides FY 1992 and 1993 funding.
Allows the Secretary to authorize the Secretaries of the military departments to enter into cooperative agreements and other transactions for advanced research projects.
(Currently, only the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is authorized to enter into such agreements or transactions.) Makes permanent (currently expires September 30, 1991) the authority to enter into such agreements.
Directs the Secretary to conduct a program for the development of advanced flexible capabilities for computer-integrated manufacturing and for the use of those capabilities throughout DOD and in commercial entities that are part of the U.S. defense industrial base.
Directs the Secretary to establish a joint services center for participation in the program by the military departments.
Directs the Secretary of the Navy to continue the Navy Rapid Acquisition of Manufactured Parts program for developing technologies and applications for the rapid acquisition of manufactured parts.
Provides funding for FY 1992 and 1993 for the computer-integrated manufacturing flexibilities program.
Requires the prevention of duplication of activities relating to such program by the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force. Directs the Secretary, in coordination with the National Science Foundation, to establish a program to award grants on a competitive basis to U.S. institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations for the conduct of programs for U.S. scientists, engineers, and managers to learn Japanese language and culture.
Directs the Secretary, at the same time as the submission of the President's budget to the Congress, to submit to the Congress a plan for providing DOD support for science, mathematics, and engineering education at all levels of education in the United States for such fiscal year.
Outlines plan contents.
Requires the Director of Defense Research and Engineering to perform the duties of the Secretary with regard to formulating such plan.
Requires a report.