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Science and Technology for National Security: The Next 50 Years: Pioneering the Endless Frontier   [open pdf - 134KB]

"Through the Center for Global Security Research 2002 Futures Project, we are critically examining the role, in a globalized world, that science and technology will play in U.S. national security, as well as the threats science and technology might pose for national security. During the last 50 years, from the end of World War II through the end of the Cold War, science and technology played a significant role in U.S. national security through the development of nuclear weapons, the exploration of space, and breakthroughs in biotechnology and computations. During this time frame, the U.S. government invested heavily in military and civilian science research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) through both direct and indirect mechanisms. These investments supported RD&D in academia, industry, and the national laboratories and built the physical and intellectual infrastructure that contributes vastly to U.S. military and economic dominance. Science and technology continue to be heavily incorporated in the national security portfolio, as part of our conventional and nuclear deterrent, our defenses, our foreign policy, and more recently our homeland security. The funding and coordination are currently dispersed throughout numerous agencies and administrations, from DoD, to DoE, HHS, DoJ, DoC, DoI, DoA, and the new proposed Department of Homeland Security, to NASA, and NSF."

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