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National security organizations in the United States, including the armed services and the intelligence community, have developed a close relationship with the scientific establishment. The latest technology often fuels warfighting and counter- intelligence capacities, providing the tactical advantages thought necessary to maintain geopolitical dominance and national security. Neuroscience has emerged as a prominent focus within this milieu, annually receiving hundreds of millions of Defense Department dollars. Its role in national security operations raises ethical issues that need to be addressed to ensure the pragmatic synthesis of ethical accountability and national security.
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brain-computer interface, DARPA, transcranial magnetic stimulation
Tennison, M. N., & Moreno, J. D. (2012). Neuroscience, Ethics, and National Security: The State of the Art. PLoS Biology, 10 (3), e1001289-. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1001289
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Date Posted: 02 March 2012
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