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Those of HHS or education) this problem does not arise (although other intralaboratory conflicts may e x i s t ) . Where the laboratory performs in-house research as well as monitoring contracts and g r a n t s , the organization is likely to be l a r g e . For example, the Navy Personnel R&D Center ( N P R D C ) has a professional staff of around 200. However, the Psychological Division of ONR which performs no in-house research has a staff of only ten, subdivided into groups or p r o g r a m s , each of two or three people.

Will be eliminated). The likelihood of any single study achieving the breakthrough that would make such savings possible is of course v e r y small. Since the researcher does not really believe that a single research project will discover and eliminate the causes of juvenile delinquency and thus save so much money, he sometimes wonders whether anyone at higher laboratory management or agency levels actually believes the justifications that are submitted. With each justification that must be written the researcher becomes a bit more cynical about the R&D process.

The most important of these agencies (at least with r e g a r d to behavioral R&D) are H H S , Education, and D O D ; some b e havioral R&D is also conducted b y the other departments but the amount is relatively small. Whether or not the other executive agencies conduct behavioral work depends on how one defines their efforts; often it is difficult to determine exactly what R&D is being performed. It may seem incongruous that the greatest supporters of behavioral R&D are DOD and HHS because the first is defense, the second welfare-oriented.

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