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National Research Council (US) Committee on a New Government-University Partnership for Science and Security. Science and Security in a Post 9/11 World: A Report Based on Regional Discussions Between the Science and Security Communities. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2007.

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ALetter to Honorable John H. Marburger

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SUITE 2320 RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING, WASHINGTON, DC 20515–6301, (202) 225–6371 TTY: (202) 226–4410, http://www.house.gov/science/welcome.htm

The Honorable John H. Marburger, III, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC 20502

September 30, 2002

Dear Dr. Marburger:

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At a joint House-Senate hearing on Science and Technology to Combat Terrorism, we heard from several witnesses representing the National Academy of Sciences who testified to the possible adverse impact of our response to terrorism on America’s science and technology enterprise. The witnesses spoke of the need to regulate some aspects of the university research environment, while maintaining, insofar as possible, the openness and freedom in inquiry that have contributed to our nations’s scientific leadership.

As chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, we have been grappling with how to strike a proper balance between the need to secure potentially sensitive research information, products, and facilities amd intellectual and interdisciplinary openness—including the free exchange of students, scholars, and scientific information—that characterize our research enterprise.

We understand that the National Academy of Sciences is planning to convene a series of science and security roundtable discussions around the country to solicit input from the scientific community on how best to balance the competing requirements of national security and unfettered scientific inquiry. Based on a preliminary proposal that we have seen (copy attached), we believe that the outcome of their process would significantly aid us in our deliberations on this issue.

We hope that the Office of Science and Technology Policy could commission this endeavor and identify an agency to fund this project quickly to allow all of us to have the benefit of the science community’s input as we move forward on addressing security and research.

We look forward to your support and expedited response to our request. If you have additional questions please contact our Science Committee staff: Peter Rooney at 202225-8844, or Mark Harkins at 202-226-8324.

Sincerely,

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SHERWOOD L. BOELHERT, Chairman
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RALPH M. HALL, Ranking Democratic Member

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