Author: Jeffrey Mervis

(The Scientist, Vol:5, #15, pg. 5, July 22, 1991) (Copyright, The Scientist, Inc.)


Kenneth Brown has impressive credentials for his new job as director of the Division of Science Resources Studies (SRS) at the National Science Foundation. Holder of a Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, with a specialty in statistical methods and the economics of technology, the 51-year-old Brown also spent six years as deputy director of the Bureau of Industrial Economics for the Commerce Department.

But what most people want to talk about when you mention Brown is whether, for the past four years, he's been a spy.

Well, maybe not a real spy. As senior economist for the National Intelligence Council, a body that advises the director of central intelligence, Brown has worked inside the Central Intelligence Agency. But he says it's useless to tell people that not everybody at the...

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