Armies and Enemies of Imperial Rome, 150 B.C. to 600 A.D.: by Phil Barker

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11 A comparison of the absolute dollars spent on research shows that private industry spent significantly more money on research than the Army has spent. The private sector's spending on research is approximately one hundred times greater than the Army's research budget. Of course, only some of the specific research performed with private-sector funds is of interest to the Army. But even if only 1 percent of the private sector's annual research funds are spent on research of interest to the Army, that figure rivals the Army's entire annual research budget.

This report shows that PPPs can return benefits to the Army that may not be possible with other types of agreements. The Army can use PPPs to optimize the utility of excess capacity infrastructure and its store of intellectual property. Moreover, recent government actions encourage the use of PPPs, and although the Army has begun to use these collaborative agreements, PPPs are still a largely untapped Page xix approach. We encourage the Army to exploit the range of opportunities PPPs offer to help it meet its military needs, and we recommend that proposed PPP ideas be examined using the screening method presented in this report.

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