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A Breakthrough Mission of Vital Importance
The National Defense Education Program Helps Build a Workforce

Standing outside a classroom during a summer training conference in Maryland, a visitor is enveloped by the noise of enthusiastic middle school teachers and U.S. Department of Defense engineers on break. They're building partnerships to make math and science come alive in schools near civilian defense research labs across the country. The sound is music to the ears of DoD officials. The gathering, or another like it, may be seen one day as having played a small but key role in producing a breakthrough in developing America's 21st-century workforce. Sessions such as this are being funded all or in part by the new National Defense Education Program (NDEP).

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