Relevance to Milestone program
I agree with the comments about the relevance of this proposal to the Milestones program. I think milestones should focus on specific definable accomplishments. Otherwise we are opening up a can of worms. Note the difficulty we had with the Bell Labs submission. There were at first too many accomplishments itemized there, in too many categories. It would obviously have been simpler to have cited Bell Labs as a center for accomplishments over a period of many years, similar to the proposal here. But that would have been too broad and not definitive as well. Why not cite the IBM Research Center the same way, or the IBM Research Center in Switzerland? Same for GE Research? or Xerox Park? The list is endless.