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House Panel Wants Bigger Bang for Buck

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Science  17 May 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5264, pp. 943
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5264.943


The growing scale of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program has led Congress to consider a provision to tailor the Department of Defense's half-billion dollar investment—the largest amount spent by any agency—more closely to the military's needs. The concern is that the program is more likely to generate “gee-whiz” technology than to give troops an edge on the battlefield.