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Panel Session II: Estimating STEM Workforce Needs

The Panel session will have four discussants and one moderator who will be a member of the NRC committee. Each panel will give short presentations (~10 minutes each) and then deliberate on a set of questions posed by the moderator. Toward the end of each panel session, written questions from the floor will be accepted and posed to the panel by the moderator.

Discussion Topic for Session

 

Estimate the STEM workforce needs by number and field of the DoD and its defense contractors under each of the following three budget scenarios:
*a. The current 5-year defense budget continues under identical basic assumptions.
**b. An abrupt change in security threats calls for an abrupt 35 percent DoD budget increase over that in 2.a above.
***c. A peace dividend calls for reallocating 25 percent of the DoD budget in 2.a to other national needs.

 

*The outlays for FY 2010 were $667 billion for “DoD-Military” (Function 051). The estimates for the out-years were as follows (in billions): FY’11: $740; FY ’12: $707; FY ’13: $648; FY’14: $637; FY’15: $644; and FY’16: $651. (SOURCE: President’s Budget FY 2012)
**Roughly the percent increase, in real terms, in DoD spending from FY 2001 to 2005 following 9/11; compare also the 25 percent increase from FY 82 to FY 89.
***Roughly the percent decrease, in real terms, in DoD spending from FY 1990 to 2000 following end of the Cold War 

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