Proceedings PaperRequirements And Speculations About Air Force And DoD Needs For A Systematic Coating Science And Technology Base
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I have spoken several times before on the topic of the Air Force's (AF) (and DoD's) needs for improved thin film coatings. My viewpoints are still changing after more than 5 years of significant involvement in DoD's thin film programs. I have chosen to address the overall thin film program rather than restrict myself to the originally proposed title "Coatings for Laser Weapons" for two reasons: First, because I cannot satisfactorilly discuss the important problems in the application programs to this international audience, and second, because I feel it's time to identify and catalyse a transformation I see beginning to take place in the thin film community. To accomplish this, I will indulge in a fair amont of speculation about future developments, research results, and approaches, so that the overall picture of the desired (envisioned) state of coating science stands out clearly. Our task as researchers is to bring about this desired state over the next several years.