The Science and Technology-Bereft Department of State

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Science  27 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5394, pp. 1649-1650
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5394.1649

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The Department of State, currently without focused management of Science and Technology (S&T)-related issues, is attempting to establish purpose and priorities for its S&T efforts. To do so effectively, State should be guided by and support the U.S. research and innovation enterprise; create a new S&T Bureau directed by the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs; establish a S&T Advisory Board in the Office of the Secretary of State; and ensure basic S&T literacy for all State personnel. Failure to ensure State's S&T competence will lead to a gradual decline in the Department's relevance to U.S. international interests.