Science, Technology, and U.S. National Security
March 26, 2007
Addressing the arrayed threats posed by U.S. adversaries in the war on terror, while protecting America from another terrorist attack, requires an advanced multidisciplinary national security strategy. Science and technology have been, and will increasingly become, of critical importance to the nation’s security as we confront the pressing issues of our time, including nuclear proliferation, cyberterrorism, and bioterrorism. As the U.S. adapts to the changing threat landscape, sustaining a strong cooperative relationship among the science, technology, and security communities will require additional effort and a concerted investment of resources: time, funding, knowledge, and will. However, the science-technology-security relationship presents a particular set of challenges, and if overlooked, the implications could be detrimental. Today, the science, technology, and security communities face the potential risk of a diminished science and technology workforce. Past and recent trends suggest more attention needs to be paid to actively educating and engaging the next generation of science and technology experts in national security.