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Important Information for People Investigating War Research
by The Editorial Collective
In accordance with recent legislation, Department of Defense (DOD) descriptions of all DOD funded research are available as a matter of public record. The DOD descriptions are written by a DOD project manager and are often more revealing than the investigator’s own abstract of his research project. These descriptions, for example, give rather complete details of military applications of the research both present and potential. Often the investigator himself has not seen the DOD abstracts.
The U.S. government releases this information through the Smithsonian Science Information Exchange which has all government research projects stored on magnetic tape and can search through the tape according to various criteria (funding agency, university, investigator, etc.) There is a charge of $50 for the first 100 contracts and $10 for each additional 100 (per search). To order the information, or obtain a description of the service, write or call:
Smithsonian Science Information Exchange, Inc.
1730 M St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
tel.: (202) 381-5511
It is probably best to order through an organization.