"A believable attribution capability may help to discourage behavior that could lead to a nuclear event," concluded a report issued earlier this year by a Joint Working Group of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The report continued, "A forensics capability that can trace material to the originating reactor or enrichment facility could discourage state cooperation with terrorist elements and encourage better security for nuclear weapon usable materials."

13 Oct 2008

Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Marburger addressed the AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy last week.  This was Director Marburger's seventh appearance before this annual meeting in Washington.  The following are excerpts from Marburger's address

14 May 2008

A new report by the National Science Board states its major conclusion in unambiguous language: "U.S. industry and the Federal Government are the primary pillars of financial support for the U.S. research and development (R&D) enterprise. The National Science Board (Board) observes with concern the indicators of stagnation, and even decline in some discipline areas, in support for U.S. R&D, and especially basic research, by these two essential patrons and participants."

25 Jan 2008

“We want to gather bold ideas for how we as a nation can build on and extend into the future our historic strengths in innovation and discovery,” declares a recent blog post by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  OSTP and the National Economic Council are revising the Obama Administration’s Strategy for American Innovation and are seeking public input in the development of this revision.  Comments are due by September 23.

13 Aug 2014

Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and 34 Nobel Laureates have called for changes to be made in the House-passed climate change bill to increase funding for the development of new clean energy technologies. Holt raised his concerns during House consideration of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. The Nobel Laureates discussed this same concern in a letter sent to President Obama last week.

22 Jul 2009

President Barack Obama addressed an overflow audience at the 146th Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences on April 27. In his expansive speech, the President called for greater investments in research and development, and science education.

The following are select quotes from the President’s speech:

27 Apr 2009


A report from the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee’s Subcommittee on Facing Our Energy Challenges in a New Era of Science calls for additional resources to confront energy, climate change, and economic challenges. “New Science for a Secure and Sustainable Energy Future” (here) argues that the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) can provide “paradigm-changing breakthroughs: new ideas that ‘change the rules of the game.’”

9 Feb 2009

Research  and development continue to play a prominent role in the national discussion  about restoring America’s economic prosperity.   Following last week’s release of the report   by The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform recommending “expanding  high-value research and development in energy and other critical areas,”  President Barack Obama discussed the value of R&D two separate times this  week.  The first was during a 40-minute address  at a community college that was largely devoted to the importance of inno

8 Dec 2010

The House Committee on Science and Technology’s Energy and Environment Subcommittee recently reported favorably the Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 2010 (H.R. 5866) to the full committee.

17 Aug 2010

“In order to meet the Administration’s goals of energy security and greenhouse gas reductions, nuclear energy must play an important role in the national energy portfolio.”- Nuclear Energy Research and Development Roadmap

18 Jun 2010


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