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Project Title:

Ethical and Societal Implications of Advances in Militarily Significant Technologies that are Rapidly Changing and Increasingly Globally Accessible
PIN: DEPS-CSTB-10-04        

Major Unit:

Division on Earth and Life Studies
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
National Academy of Engineering
Policy and Global Affairs

Sub Unit: Board on Life Sciences
Committee on Science, Technology and Law
DEPS Computer Science & Telecommuncations Board
NAE Office of Programs

RSO: Lin, Herb

Subject/Focus Area: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Biology and Life Sciences; Computers and Information Technology; Engineering and Technology; Health and Medicine; International Issues; National Security and Defense; Policy for Science and Technology

Project Scope
The National Academies will develop a consensus report on the topic of ethical, legal, and societal issues relating to research on, development, and use of increasingly globally accessible and rapidly-changing technologies with potential military application, such as information technologies, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology.  This report will articulate a framework for policy makers, institutions, and individual researchers to think about such issues as they relate to these technologies of military relevance and to the extent feasible make recommendations for how each of these groups should approach these considerations in their research activities.  A workshop to be held as early as practical in the study would be convened to obtain perspectives and foster discussion on these matters.  A final report would be issued within 21 months of the project start providing the National Research Council's findings and recommendations.

The sponsor of this project is the Department of Defense.

The project start date is May 1, 2011.

A final report will be issued 21 months after the project start date.

Project Duration: 24 months    

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Committee Membership
Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 08/23/2011
 Meeting 2 - 08/30/2011
 Meeting 3 - 11/02/2011
 Meeting 4 - 01/12/2012
 Meeting 5 - 04/12/2012
 Meeting 6 - 06/04/2012
 Meeting 7 - 12/10/2012


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Emerging and Readily Available Technologies and National Security—A Framework for Addressing Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues