infantry divisions, and carrier battle groups that the nation should maintain to prevail in possible future conflicts. Instead, in its two (sadly prescient) major findings, the bipartisan group warned that a major terrorist attack would probably take place on US soil and produce thousands of casualties, and stated that “the inadequacies of our system of research and education” pose a threat to national security “greater than any potential conventional war that we might imagine.” It noted that, “second only to a weapon of mass destruction detonating in an American city, we can think of nothing more dangerous than a failure to manage properly science, technology, and education for the common good.”

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