The Congress, the executive branch, and scientific and technical communities have adopted and are considering research and development and education-related security measures to counteract terrorism. This is widespread agreement on the need for these measures, but some experts say that they could have unintended consequences.
Among the unintended consequences of these actions, are high financial costs, especially to academic laboratories, of instituting security and tracking measures, the possible deleterious impacts on freedom of scientific information exchange and scientific inquiry, and the possible loss to the United States of foreign technical workers in the areas of short supply among U.S. citizens. Policymakers might seek to ensure that those affected by counter terrorism policies that affect research and development- scientists, academics, industrialists and the public- are involved in security-related decisionmaking and implementation of regulations.
This book examines the possible impacts of these counter security measures-a completely uncharted field.