CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY ACCESSIBILITY
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This is a report of work supported by Contract HHM40205D0011 between the Department of Defense and the National Academy of Sciences. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.
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COMMITTEE ON CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY ACCESSIBILITY
ROBERT J. HERMANN, Chair,
Global Technology Partners, LLC
PIERRE A. CHAO,
Center for Strategic and International Studies
ANTHONY J. DeMARIA,
EDSEL D. DUNFORD,
CHRISTOPHER C. GREEN,
Wayne State University School of Medicine
JOSEPH F. GROSSON,
Lockheed Martin Corporation
ALFONSO VELOSA III,
MICHAEL A. CLARKE, Lead Board Director
DANIEL E.J. TALMAGE, JR., Study Director
CARTER W. FORD, Research Associate
LaSHAWN N. SIDBURY, Senior Program Associate
The questions posed in the task for this study are part of a very broad and important set of issues for the Department of Defense. To answer them required the Committee on Critical Technology Accessibility to develop its own perspective about the context within which the questions could be placed. As a result, this report provides judgments and recommendations about both the specific questions and the broader context.
I wish to express my appreciation to the members of the committee for their contributions to the preparation of this report. The committee is also grateful to the staff of the Technology Warning Division of the Defense Intelligence Agency for its sponsorship and active participation throughout the study.
The committee greatly appreciates the support and assistance of National Research Council staff members Michael Clarke, Daniel Talmage, Carter Ford, and LaShawn Sidbury in the production of this report.
Robert J. Hermann, Chair
Committee on Critical Technology Accessibility
Acknowledgment of Reviewers
This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:
Charles B. Duke, Xerox Corporation (retired),
Jacques S. Gansler, University of Maryland,
Donald A. Hicks, Hicks & Associates (retired),
Anita K. Jones, University of Virginia,
George Muellner, Boeing Phantom Works,
Alton D. Romig, Jr., Sandia National Laboratories, and
Joel S. Yudkin, Consultant.
Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by William H. Press, Los
Alamos National Laboratory. Appointed by the NRC, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.
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