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Letter of Transmittal

National Science Board

4201 Wilson Boulevard

January 15, 2004

The Honorable George W. Bush
The President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

It is my honor to transmit to you, and through you to the Congress, the sixteenth in the series of biennial Science Indicators reports, Science and Engineering Indicators – 2004. The National Science Board submits this report in accordance with Sec. 4(j)1 of the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended.

The Science Indicators series was designed to provide a broad base of quantitative information about U.S. science, engineering, and technology for use by public and private policymakers. Because of the spread of scientific and technological capabilities around the world, this report presents a significant amount of material about these international capabilities and analyzes the U.S. position in this broader context.

Science and Engineering Indicators – 2004 contains quantitative analyses of key aspects of the scope, quality, and vitality of the Nation's science and engineering enterprise. The report presents material on science, mathematics, and engineering education from the elementary level through graduate school and beyond; the scientific and engineering workforce; U.S. and international R&D performers, activities, and outcomes; U.S. competitiveness in high technology; public attitudes and understanding of science and engineering; and the significance of information technologies for science and for the daily lives of our citizens in schools, the workplace, and the community. An overview chapter presents the key themes emerging from these analyses.

This report demonstrates the strength the United States has derived from the open flow of ideas. Maintaining this openness and the relative advantage it has bestowed on the country remains crucial to the Nation's security and well-being. The proponents of openness, not those who stand ready to subvert science and technology for malevolent ends, are in the best position to exploit the fruits of science.

I hope that you, your Administration, and the Congress will find the new quantitative information and analysis in the report useful and timely for informing thinking and planning on national priorities, policies, and programs in science and technology.

   Respectfully yours,

Warren M. Washington
   Warren M. Washington

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