Noting that “our terrorist enemies are technically savvy,” the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has written a report urging the administration to significantly elevate the role of science and technology (S&T) in the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The report, endorsed in late July by Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director John Marburger, says the administration and Congress should “give careful attention to the research and development and technological functions of the new department. Decisions made now will affect the nation’s long-term technological leadership in the antiterrorism effort.”

The PCAST document, titled Report on Maximizing the Contribution of Science and Technology within the New Department of Homeland Security, makes recommendations that, if adopted by the White House, would bring the administration into closer agreement with both Congress and a recent National Research Council (NRC) report on the role S&T should play in the...

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