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The Fusion Energy Program: The Role of TPX and Alternate Concepts

The Fusion Energy Program: The Role of TPX and Alternate Concepts

Date: unknown
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report focuses on the following two questions for the U.S. fusion energy program. First, what is the role of the Tokamak Physics Experiment (TPX), an approximately $700 million fusion reactor currently awaiting a congressional decision to begin construction? Second, what is the role of alternatives to the tokamak concept in a broad-based fusion energy program?
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The Lower Tiers of the Space Transportation Industrial Base

The Lower Tiers of the Space Transportation Industrial Base

Date: August 1995
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper was prompted by a workshop held at OTA in early March 1995, at which a small group, representing a broad cross-section of lower-tier firms, discussed their views of the space transportation industry.
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Adjusting to a New Security Environment: The Defense Technology and Industrial Base Challenge

Adjusting to a New Security Environment: The Defense Technology and Industrial Base Challenge

Date: February 1991
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper, OTA sought information and advice from a broad spectrum of knowledgeable individuals and organizations whose contributions are gratefully acknowledged. As with all OTA studies, the content of this background paper is the sole responsibility of the Office of Technology Assessment and does not necessarily represent the views of our advisers and reviewers.
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Trading Around the Clock: Global Securities Markets and Information Technology

Trading Around the Clock: Global Securities Markets and Information Technology

Date: July 1990
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper assesses the effects of information technology on securities markets and the current status of global securities trading. It compares securities markets and clearing and settlement mechanisms in Japan, the United Kingdom, and the rest of Europe with those in the United States. Finally it identities emerging questions about international markets and national regulatory regimes.
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Potential Environmental Impacts of Bioenergy Crop Production

Potential Environmental Impacts of Bioenergy Crop Production

Date: September 1993
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report reviews how bioenergy crops could potentially affect soil quality and soil erosion, water quality, air quality, habitat for a variety of species, and the global environment.
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Technologies Underlying Weapons of Mass Destruction

Technologies Underlying Weapons of Mass Destruction

Date: December 1993
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This paper reviews the technical requirements for countries to develop and build nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, along with the systems most capable of delivering these weapons to distant or defended targets: ballistic missiles, combat aircraft, and cruise missiles.
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Technical Options for the Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor

Technical Options for the Advanced Liquid Metal Reactor

Date: May 1994
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This paper discusses the history and status of the ALMR research program. It presents applications of this technology to the plutonium disposition problem and the possible advantages and disadvantages of its future development and deployment. It also discusses related issues such as waste management and concerns about proliferation of plutonium material.
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Psychiatric Disabilities, Employment and the Americans With Disabilities Act

Psychiatric Disabilities, Employment and the Americans With Disabilities Act

Date: March 1994
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: The report focuses on mental disabilities, a broad rubric. In this background paper, OTA examines current knowledge about psychiatric disabilities and employment in the context of the ADA’s requirements and reviews Federal activities directly or indirectly aimed at supporting the ADA’s employment provisions.
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The Department of Defense Kuwait Oil Health Fire Risk Assessment (The "Persian Gulf Veterans' Registry")

The Department of Defense Kuwait Oil Health Fire Risk Assessment (The "Persian Gulf Veterans' Registry")

Date: September 1994
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This paper describes briefly the work on DoD’s Kuwait Oil Fire Health Risk Assessment to date, including the results of a pilot study of health risks, and then answers the questions addressed to OTA in PL 102-585.
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Electronic Surveillance in a Digital Age

Electronic Surveillance in a Digital Age

Date: July 1995
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper reviews the progress of the industry and the law enforcement agencies in implementing the Act since its approval in October 1994.
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