|Topic:||Making the Nation Safer: The Role of Science and Technology in Countering Terrorism|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Committee on Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism
Monday, June 24, 2002
2318 Rayburn House Office Bldg. -- 1:00 p.m.
370 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. -- 4:00 p.m.
Making the Nation Safer:
The Role of Science and Technology in Countering Terrorism
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 and Co-chair, Committee on Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism, National Research Council, The National Academies
Richard D. Klausner, Executive Director of Global Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle and Co-chair, Committee on Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism, National Research Council, The National Academies
In response to the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, this new report from the National Academies outlines how the nation should take advantage of its scientific and engineering strengths to detect, thwart, and respond to any future attacks more effectively. 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. In addition, the establishment of an independent homeland security institute to help the government make crucial technical decisions and devise strategies that can be put into practice successfully is discussed.
These series of briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on the afternoon of June 24, 2002 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.
On June 25, 2002, Drs. Branscomb and Klausner testified on this topic before a joint hearing of the Science Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Science, Technology, and Space Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Their testimony can be found via this link.