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DSB, Dutch Delegation Discuss Academic Research Security

NEWS RELEASE: December 21, 2023

The Defense Science Board hosted a visiting Dutch delegation to discuss its findings and recommendations by the DSB Task Force on “Balancing Openness and Security Across the DOD Academic Research Enterprise,” on December 13 in Arlington, Virginia.

Chaired by HON Shirley Ann Jackson- the former Chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and DSB Chair, Dr. Eric D. Evans, the meeting included Dutch representatives from the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy; the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; and the Ministry of Justice and Security; along with U.S. personnel from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, the office responsible for advancing the U.S. military’s defense technological advantage.

This Task Force was conducted with the purpose of finding effective ways to address the threat posed by foreign adversaries to the Department of Defense’s Academic Research Enterprise while maintaining the openness required to ensure U.S. academic institutions access the best and the brightest in basic and applied scientific research.

After assembling experts in this field – including academics, law enforcement, and counterintelligence experts − the Task Force reviewed the threat landscape, current U.S. policy and authorities, and the state of DOD involvement in developing and protecting critical technologies. The Task Force determined that an adaptable and scalable framework that is consistently reviewed to meet future threats will be necessary for long-term success. The recommendations of which offered ways to get ahead of the threat while ensuring an open-collaborative research environment where science can thrive thus gaining the attention of partners and allies.


HON Shirley Ann Jackson

HON Jackson is President Emerita of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, having served as President from 1999-2022. Dr. Jackson is a theoretical Physicist and worked at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory from 1973-1974, and 1975-1976, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) from 1974-1975, the former AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1976 to 1991, consultant to the former AT&T Laboratories from 1991-1995, a professor of theoretical physics at Rutgers University from 1991 to 1995, and Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 1995 until she assumed the position of President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999. 


Dr. Eric D. Evans

Dr. Evans is the Director of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a multidisciplinary Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the Department of Defense. He has been an advisor to the U.S. Strategic Command Senior Advisory Group and a member of the Massport Security Advisory Council. From 2012 through 2018 he was the Chair of the Board of the National GEM Consortium Executive Committee supporting graduate STEM education for underrepresented minorities. He previously served as a member of the Los Alamos and Lawrence-Livermore National Laboratory Nuclear Mission Committee. Dr. Evans is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the AIAA, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is the author of over 60 journal and conference publications. In 1996, he and his co-authors received the M. Barry Carlton Award from the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society for a paper on advanced radar signal processing. Dr. Evans holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Ohio State University.

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