pilot projects and in establishing the base for future cooperation, including joint planning activities with Russian colleagues. However, the percentage of total funds devoted to such supporting activities will decrease sharply if an expanded cooperative program is pursued, as set forth in Chapter 3.

In summary, the recent experience of the committee confirms that despite current political uncertainties and economic difficulties in Russia, it is feasible to implement important cooperative programs involving Russian defense scientists that serve the national security, public health, economic development, and scientific objectives of both countries as set forth in Chapter 1.

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