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Collaborative Horizon Scanning

By Duane Blackburn , Michael Garris

Summary of inputs received from national S&T community leaders for designing collaborative horizon scanning.

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What’s the issue? While the current U.S. model has served the nation well for decades in many respects, there are growing concerns that it will not enable the country to maintain its international leadership position in the future given strategic efforts by competitors such as China and Russia. To meet this new challenge, the United States needs a new model to foster voluntary, strategic collaboration across a range of public and private actors to holistically address the nation’s most-critical science and technology (S&T) priorities.

What did we do? Building on a new model for public-private cooperation created by the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP), MITRE and SCSP hosted a workshop to collect and discuss input from national S&T thought leaders on designing the early steps for collaborative horizon scanning.

What did we find? Given the scope of the workshop there was no clear consensus reached; rather, participants raised a range of thoughtful perspectives that could be used to form the basis of a framework for collaborative horizon scanning around:

  • Key drivers to participate;
  • Required outcomes or benefits;
  • Participant contributions;
  • Anticipated restrictions or other concerns; and
  • Cadence & format.