lectual property questions, and the sometimes vexing issue of access to the laboratory facilities by foreign firms. Although this is admittedly a broad range of issues to take up in a single symposium, the discussion captured the many operational and policy challenges faced by the Sandia management as they move forward with the S&T park initiative.
At this writing, the United States continues to enjoy sustained economic growth, even as prospects for the world economy become less certain. Whatever the immediate future holds, the pressures of global competition will continue to create new challenges for the United States to nurture and sustain growth in regions with quite different economic assets. The laboratories will remain a key element of the U.S. defense infrastructure, and, as such, must deploy the best technologies available. Linking the technological know-how of national laboratories to the commercial sector through a science and technology park represents an innovative approach to meeting these challenges. We hope this summary of the Sandia S&T park proposal contributes to a fuller appreciation of the policy issues raised by this initiative and to a better understanding of the assets and opportunities that the Sandia National Laboratories offer for the Albuquerque region and the nation.
CHARLES W. WESSNER