The Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security (CSCANS) existed from 2005 to 2011. The committee had two sets of co-chairs: Dr. David Baltimore, President of California Institute of Technology, and Secretary of Defense and Dr. Robert M. Gates (then President of Texas A&M University) from 2005-2006; and John Hennessy, President of Stanford University, and former National Security Advisor, General Brent Scowcroft, from 2006-2011. This committee considered approaches to regulating science and technology that support American national security, scientific preeminence and long-term economic growth. CSCANS was a unit of the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Research Council. CSCANS provided oversight to the Committee on Science, Security, and Prosperity that produced Beyond “Fortress America”: National Security Controls on Science and Technology in a Globalized World in 2009. This study reviewed the national security-related policies and regulations that govern the conduct of science and technology (S&T), including classification, export controls and non-immigrant visa policies. The goal of the study was to find ways to ensure both our national security and the health and prosperity of our nation’s S&T research and innovation. This study was a catalyst of the current Export Control Reform effort that Secretary Robert Gates helped to launch in April 2010.
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