• Establish an external review board to conduct periodic reviews of programs in both centers; and
  • Provide liaison with the Department of Energy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and other government laboratories on matters related to PMD.

The sponsor asked that the committee suggest an organizational structure for the path forward and a teaming approach for it. In considering the sponsor’s request that the study report not include restricted material, which would have precluded wide dissemination to the research and development communities, the committee recognized the broader issue of the role restricted information plays in impeding research collaborations.4Such limitations are prudent and necessary but require periodic review to ensure they are consistent with the current state of open knowledge and do not unnecessarily restrict the exchange of information with an open research community when such an exchange would be beneficial to national security.

The chapters that follow develop the rationale and conclusions that underpin the detailed recommendations in Chapter 6 and identify needed actions in the four elements of the initiative.

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4A detailed discussion of the effects on research of classification guidelines, security, and export control is beyond the scope of this study.



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