Jan 11, 2008
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
with Michael Anastasio, director, Los Alamos National Laboratory
The role of science, and the role of U.S. national laboratories in particular, in promoting both U.S. national security and international security, has changed dramatically over the past six decades – from significant government investment in and leadership of ‘big science’ during the cold war, to a diminished federal science and technology (S&T) investment in the post-cold war period. Although the challenges we might expect to face in the future are different, they too will demand the best science and technology. The question is, can we have vision for developing and using needed S&T capabilities that matches those that gave us leadership and direction in the middle of the 20th century?