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Report Makes Recommendations to Ensure DoD a Strong STEM Workforce

Bonnie Bracey Sutton Teacher Agent of Change, Power of US Foundation

The National Academies Press just released a new report about creating a sustainable STEM workforce in the U.S. Department of Defense. The ability of the nation’s military to prevail during future conflicts, and to fulfill its humanitarian and other missions, depends on continued advances in the nation’s technology base. A workforce with robust STEM capabilities is critical to sustaining U.S. preeminence. Today, however, the STEM activities of the Department of Defense (DOD) are a small and diminishing part of the nation’s overall science and engineering enterprise.

Assuring the U.S. Department of Defense a Strong Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce presents five principal recommendations for attracting, retaining, and managing highly qualified STEM talent within the department based on an examination of the current STEM workforce of DOD and the defense industrial base. As outlined in the report, DOD should focus its investments to ensure that STEM competencies in all potentially critical, emerging topical areas are maintained at least at a basic level within the department and its industrial and university bases. The full report with its recommendations is available from National Academies Press.

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