mid-, and long-term periods and on domestic and foreign RDD&C programs outside DOE. Comparison of DOE programs and plans with these other activities, with the committee's strategic planning scenarios, and with the goals set by EPACT forms the basis for the committee's recommendations.

At the first committee meeting in November 1993 and at the meetings of the power generation and fuels subgroup and the strategy and policy subgroup, both in January 1994, presentations from DOE staff and others provided an essential information base. Two further committee meetings in March and May 1994, together with a writing group meeting in April attended by John Longwell, Edward Rubin, Robert Hall, George Preston, John Wootten, Harold Schobert, and National Research Council staff, permitted the committee to develop and refine its conclusions and recommendations and to assemble a full draft of the report. The rapid pace at which this complex task was completed called for a high level of participation by committee members and for vigorous and pro-active involvement by the National Research Council program officers, Dr. Jill Wilson and Dr. James Zucchetto, and the project assistant, Ms. Wendy Orr. These contributions, together with those of the many DOE staff members who provided advice and consultation, were noteworthy and highly appreciated.

JOHN P. LONGWELL, CHAIR

Committee on the Strategic Assessment of the U.S. Department of Energy's Coal Program



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