NATO Ordered to Cut Science Program

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Science  01 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5595, pp. 946-947
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5595.946

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- Two days before last week's first-ever "Grand Gathering" in Brussels of researchers and others connected with NATO's science program, the alliance's political overseers slashed the program's $24 million budget by 13%. The fete quickly turned into a self-examination of a program that has struggled to find a suitable mission to replace its former role in helping Western nations stand up to Soviet hegemony. It also spawned a behind-the-scenes effort to reverse the cuts.