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For a number of years, I have been advocating a two-track agenda for the science and engineering community. I have repeatedly urged scientists and engineers to become more involved in the political and policy process and I have stressed the need for a reassessment of our national research and development (R&D) enterprise in light of the major changes that it faces. The first element of this agenda is well underway amidst numerous signs of a heightened political presence by the science and engineering community. Unfortunately, progress on the second agenda item is not as visible. And nowhere is this reassessment needed more than in the area of academic research and graduate education. The need for a reexamination of our National R&D efforts has been well discussed. With the end of the Cold War, the clear ...