R&D trends and history

23 May 2000

"In a world being transformed by technology, good science is vital to good diplomacy." --- Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

21 Jul 2000

Test Amendment Last week, the Senate voted 52-48 against an amendment offered by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), to require "operationally- realistic testing against countermeasures for national missile defense." This amendment to the defense authorization act was supported by all Senate Democrats and three Republicans: Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine and James Jeffords of Vermont.

16 May 2000

In April, the Council of the American Physical Society adopted a statement regarding the technical feasibility of the Clinton Administration's proposed National Missile Defense (NMD) system.

28 Feb 2000

"So science provides the only sure basis for reaching agreements that can not only be signed, but implemented..." - Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

5 Jan 2000

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20 Feb 1998

Last week, Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-Michigan) held a one hour briefing on the status of his National Science Policy study. Ehlers chairs a House Science Committee effort to "conduct a review of our national science policy and develop a new long-range science and technology policy that is concise, comprehensive, and coherent."

Ehlers began by discussing his three overall objectives: serving as a liaison to the science community (saying it had "gone well"), heading the policy study, and doing a review of science education (which will occur next year.)


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