I would like to thank the U.S. government sponsors of this study: the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the Department of Commerce. Thanks also to Booz Allen and Hamilton Inc. for management and oversight on behalf of DARPA. We are very much indebted to our panel chair, Irwin Feller, for his dedication and leadership over the course of the study. All of the panelists are due credit for their contributions of time and intellect to the project. It was both an honor and a pleasure to work with this group. Finally, we are extremely grateful to all of our Japanese hosts for sharing their activities and insights with us.

Sincerely, Geoffrey M. Holdridge WTEC Division Director and ITRI Series Editor

Published: September 1999; WTEC Hyper-Librarian