Controlling Scientific Information

Archive Report

Federal Restraints at Issue

Keeping U.S. ’High Tech’ from Russia

The U.S. government has become increasingly concerned that advanced technology being developed and used by Western countries is finding its way to the Soviet Union and especially Soviet weaponry. While there is evidence that this is, indeed, happening, the government's recenteffort to prevent it by controlling the international exchange of scientific information is causing alarm in science, academia and industry. It is also causing problems with America's allies, most notably over a Russian natural gas pipeline to Europe.

Government fears about technology transfer were made public in a 1976 report by the Department of Defense's Defense Science Board. The report, known as the Bucy Report,1 concluded that the United States was losing its technological and economic lead ...

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