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Pentagon Proposal Worries Researchers

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Science  03 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5569, pp. 826
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5569.826a

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A proposal to impose new controls on U.S. scientists who do basic research for the military is drawing fire from universities, members of Congress, and even some top Pentagon research officials. The draft rules would require prior government review of publication and travel plans for researchers conducting nonclassified research deemed "critical" to national security. Critics say the new rules are largely redundant, and they warn that the added paperwork could scare away top scientists from working with the Department of Defense.

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