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June 25, 2002

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The United States should take advantage of its scientific and engineering strengths to detect, thwart, and respond to terrorist attacks more effectively, says a new National Academies report. The report identifies actions, including deployment of available technologies, that can be taken immediately, and it points to the urgent need to initiate research and development activities in critical areas. An independent homeland security institute also should be established to help the government make crucial technical decisions and devise strategies that can be put into practice successfully.

Lewis M. Branscomb, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management; and Emeritus Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Center for Science and International Affairs John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. and Richard D. Klausner, Executive Director of Global Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle Co-chairs, Committee on Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism.