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Advising the U.S. Government

The National Academies offer advice to the U.S. government on science, technology, and health and provides guidance on how the United States can use its resources to work more effectively with other countries; how U.S. laws can be structured to ensure national security without inhibiting the free exchange of ideas and innovation; and how the country’s expertise in science, technology, and health can enhance U.S. foreign policy and foreign assistance programs.

Science and Technology in Foreign Policy
The U.S. Department of State recognizes the value of expert knowledge when addressing critical topics. The National Academies advise the U.S. government on how science, technology, and medicine can contribute to making and implementing foreign policy and how to draw on the nation's capabilities to improve foreign assistance activities.

Health knows no borders. Recognizing health as an international matter, the National Academies aim to advance the health of populations around the world. This work includes the analysis of the role of the United States in global health and advising the government on important health questions ranging from the quality of medical care to conflicts of interest in medical research, from malaria treatment to environmental hazards, and from vaccine safety to childhood obesity.

Science and Security
The U.S. government has a responsibility to protect its citizens from threats to security as well as to support scientific, engineering, and medical progress through the free and open global exchange of ideas and innovation. Recognizing that science strengthens security, the National Academies advise the government on how it can shape its laws to ensure both national security and international scientific openness in such areas as the classification of information, export controls, and visa regulations for foreign students and scholars. 

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