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In his interview with THE SCIENTIST (June 1, 1987, p. 14), William R. Graham, the current White House science adviser, commenting on relations between the administration and the scientific community regarding SDI, said, “I think we need to have a more reasoned discourse on the subject and draw more on the industrial sector as well as the academic sector. I think that will help moderate some of the positions being taken, as we get more information injected into the process.” We woul

Daniel Fisher
Aug 9, 1987

In his interview with THE SCIENTIST (June 1, 1987, p. 14), William R. Graham, the current White House science adviser, commenting on relations between the administration and the scientific community regarding SDI, said, “I think we need to have a more reasoned discourse on the subject and draw more on the industrial sector as well as the academic sector. I think that will help moderate some of the positions being taken, as we get more information injected into the process.”

We would like to point out to Graham and to your readers that an open letter to Congress expressing “serious concerns about Sf1” has been signed by 2,100 scientists and engineers from 81 industrial and government laboratories.

The open letter reads in part: “We believe that realization of this dream [rendering nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete] is not feasible in the foreseeable future... We urge the Congress to limit the...