"The Department of Energy's national laboratories have diverse missions that range from national defense to fundamental research in the physical sciences. Work at the laboratories is often carried out in collaboration with scientists and researchers from non- Department facilities in foreign countries, frequently through the use of cooperative Research and Development Agreements and Work-for-Others projects. The Department and its partners benefit from the exchange of information that results from these collaborations. However, inherent in any foreign collaboration are certain security vulnerabilities, especially in those instances when 'sensitive technologies' are involved. The Department defines as sensitive those technologies that bear on national security or have the potential to enhance weapons of mass destruction, such as rockets, missiles and delivery systems, military vehicles and electronics, advanced computer technology, laser defense weapons, remote sensing, and space-based optics. The Department expects the national laboratories to take precautionary safeguards to prevent unauthorized disclosure of any information which could adversely affect U.S. security interests. This audit was conducted to determine whether sensitive technologies were being adequately protected."
Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General, DOE/IG-0635
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