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Overview of JASON; background to JASON involvement; reasons for joining; relationship to Los Alamos effort. Primary interest in anti-ballistic missile (ABM) issues; work on optical processes; relationship to his own work in physics. Assesses JASON contribution; its critical function view as central. Work on electronic "barrier" for Vietnam, ballistic missile defense, and anti-submarine warfare.
Enrico Fermi, Edward Teller, and Harold Urey, and involvement in Manhattan Project; Oppenheimer case as exposure to science policy; Project 137 summer study of defense problems, 1958; Herbert York; establishment of JASON and Defense Department's response; JASON as training ground for President's Science Advisory Committee (PSAC) members; products and accomplishments (Nick Christofilos); science policy, advisory groups, and scientists' influence; ballistic missile involvement as PSAC chairman; relationship with the Navy; physicists' involvement in science policy; JASON members' benefit from