A Project of the AAAS Directorate for Science & Policy Programs
Funded by the National Science Foundation
Since 9/11, finding the right balance between serving our national
security and maintaining the openness required for the advancement
of science has become more challenging than ever. The scientific
community has acknowledged its responsibilities to contribute to
our nation's security, but has voiced concerns about the impacts
on science of increased emphasis on security. There is already some
evidence that the research and higher education communities have
been adversely affected.
The AAAS project will track and analyze the impacts on science
of post 9/11 national security measures. In the initial year of
what is intended to be a longer-term effort, AAAS will design a
database to collect and manage data documenting those impacts and
maintain this web site to serve as a clearinghouse of information
on issues related to science and security. The project will also
involve a number of educational and outreach activities.
AAAS, through its Committee
on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, has had a long-standing
interest in the intersection between national security and scientific
freedom and responsibility. Beginning in the late 1940s, the Association
has issued a series of public statements on the importance of fostering
national security without unduly impeding scientific research. See,
for example, Revisions
to the Atomic Energy Act Affecting Progress in Research (July
7, 1949); National
Security and Secrecy (January 7, 1982); Openness
and National Security (May 28, 1984); and The
Universality of Science and Freedom in the Conduct of Science
(June 15, 1999).
Albert H. Teich, Ph.D.
Director, AAAS Directorate for Science and Policy Programs
Mark S. Frankel, Ph.D.
Director, AAAS Program on Scientific Freedom, Responsibility &