Fundamental decisions affecting US national policy—be they about health, economics, or national security—are made by duly elected national leaders and are based predominantly, but not exclusively, on their political judgment. These leaders must also have access to solid scientific and technical information to help infrom their decisions. Gaining an understanding of physical and technical realities is crucial to distinguish goals that may be achieved from goals that are wishful thinking.
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Sidney D. Drell; Special Issue: On Physics and National Security. Physics Today 1 December 2000; 53 (12): 25–29. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.1341911
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