March 10, 1995

Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to introduce the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) 1995 Strategic Planning Documents. This document is one of nine Plans that reflect a concerted effort by each of the nine NSTC Committees, over the course of their first year, to articulate the goals, objectives, milestones, and metrics for the Federal R&D system. The Strategic Planning Documents provide a new and unique vehicle for discussing the appropriate focus of federal research efforts as well as planning for future endeavors. The public release of these documents reflects our continuing commitment to improve the Federal S&T enterprise.

It should be noted, however, that these Plans are not an end unto themselves, but rather a means to achieve national goals. Each Plan differs in approach and detail, just as each Committee has a different history, composition, and perspective; however, each Plan is central to the NSTC activities and all will be refined over time.

Since strategic planning is a continuing, evolving task, we know that we will periodically reassess and revise these documents. They must be viewed as snapshots of a dynamic, evolving process.

I hope that these materials, both individually and collectively, will form a useful foundation for a continuing dialogue within -- and beyond -- the Federal S&T enterprise.


John H. Gibbons
Assistant to the President for
Science and Technology