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Balancing Scientific Openness and National Security Controls at the Nation's Nuclear Weapons Laboratories APPENDIX A Statement of Task In response to the joint statement of the three Presidents of the National Academies, the Office of International Affairs will appoint a Committee on Balancing Scientific Openness and National Security. The Committee will organize a symposium to address consequences of current and proposed restrictions on international contacts by the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories and explore methods of best serving national security through positive new scientific advances facilitated by international communication among scientists, through scientific contacts to further non-proliferation, and through careful protection of crucial classified information from foreign espionage. The symposium will examine: the role of the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories in national security and the contributions by foreign laboratories and scientists, the proposals for amending security policies of the weapons laboratories in regard to contact with foreign laboratories and scientists, and the risks and benefits of scientific openness in this context. The Committee's report will review current policies and proposals designed to enhance security at the weapons laboratories, primarily those related to restrictions on foreign contacts by U.S. Department of Energy scientists. The letter report will make recommendations to the U.S. government regarding methods of best serving national security both through positive new scientific advances facilitated by international communication among scientists and through careful protection of crucial classified information from foreign espionage.
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