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Appendix A Federal Activities for International Technical Information Flow
Pages 47-50

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... Aside from budget constraints, one difficulty with respect to the Japanese literature is the shortage of qualified translators with technical background. Perhaps more important is the lack of persons with sufficient language skills and technical expertise to evaluate source material, compare it with current information, and select material for translation.
From page 48...
... was enacted to provide focus within the federal government for increasing the availability of Japanese technical literature in the United States. The act enjoins NTIS and other appropriate sections of the Department of Commerce to monitor Japanese technical activities and developments; to consult with businesses, the professional societies, and others about their needs for such information; to acquire and translate selected documents that may be of value not only to government but also to the private sector; and to coordinate with other federal agencies in acquisition, translation, indexing, and dissemination, including the dissemination of an annual directory identifying all government services from collection through distribution of Japanese scientific and technical information.
From page 49...
... The congressional Office of Technology Assessment maintains an active program of providing reports that frequently survey technologies, the technology base, and technology policies outside the United States. The Congress has recently also emphasized NSF's charge to carry out assessments of progress in engineering and science in the advanced countries.
From page 50...
... Although FASAC activities cover applied sciences and the identification of emerging technologies worldwide, emphasis is placed on research in the Soviet Union, "results of which that country seeks to translate into new technology." Started in 1984 by the Defense Intelligence Agency, Project Socrates is another program (largely classified) to provide foreign technology assessments for policymakers involved in export licensing, export control and enforcement, international export deliberations, and military issues.

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