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Limiting the Tools of War

Spring 2003


From the Hill

Nondefense R&D would take a hit in proposed FY 2004 budget; Congress debates president's hydrogen initiative; NASA programs face intense scrutiny after Columbia loss

Editor’s Journal: Weapons and Hope

Kevin Finneran

A Broader Vision for Government Research

Thomas Kalil

Too many federal agencies lack the research funds they need to stimulate innovative solutions to national problems.

Improving Scientific Advice to Government

Frederick R. Anderson

Recent "reforms" in how independent expert panels are selected and operate have done more harm than good. Some steps back to the future are needed.

A Change of Climate

Susan Joy Hassol, Randy Udall

Despite a lack of leadership from the federal government, a ground swell of activity to cut emissions of greenhouse gases is emerging throughout the United States.

Controlling Dangerous Pathogens

John D. Steinbruner, Elisa D. Harris

More systemic protection is needed to guard against the deliberate or inadvertent creation of advanced disease agents.

Cybersecurity: Who’s Watching the Store?

Bruce Berkowitz, Robert W. Hahn

Government is not doing all it could to research the problem or to exercise its proper regulatory role.

The Case against New Nuclear Weapons

Michael A. Levi

New tactical bombs would have little military value and would undercut U.S. nonproliferation efforts.

Time to Sign the Mine Ban Treaty

Richard A. Matthew, Ted Gaulin

The U.S.'s stubborn refusal to accede to world opinion no longer makes sense and is further dimming its leadership status.

“Nonlethal” Chemical Weapons: A Faustian Bargain

Mark Wheelis

Incapacitants developed for use by law enforcement are more likely to be used by dictators, terrorists, or criminals.

A Program for Africa’s Computer People

G. Pascal Zachary

A little help from U.S. academics and business professionals could go a long way toward making the information sector an engine for economic development.

Reinvigorating Genetically Modified Crops

Robert L. Paarlberg

Poor farmers in developing nations will benefit if the United States asserts itself in the international arena to develop and promote biotechnology.

Real Numbers: When Children Die

Marilyn J. Field

Book Review: Reducing toxic risks

Mary Graham

Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution
, by 
Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner.

Book Review: Stale environmentalism

Martin W. Lewis

Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise
, by 
Gaylord Nelson (with Susan Campbell and Paul Wozniak, and with a foreword by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.).

Book Review: Computer technology

John A. Alic

Strategic Computing: DARPA and the Quest for Machine Intelligence, 1983-1993
, by 
Alex Roland with Philip Shiman.