By Dan Stober

No espionage case in fresh a long time has been whatever just like the Wen Ho Lee affair. As Dan Stober and Ian Hoffman describe in "A handy Spy," an astonishingly inept research of a criminal offense which could by no means have happened led to a countrywide shame. A weapons-code scientist at Los Alamos nationwide Laboratory, Lee was once hunted as a secret agent for China, indicted on fifty-nine counts, and held in detention for 9 months as a probability to the whole country. yet after pleading accountable to only one count number, he went domestic -- with an strange and emotional apology from a federal pass judgement on. Prosecutors' claims that Lee had stolen America's "crown jewels" of nuclear protection easily evaporated. but Lee's causes have by no means been satisfactorily defined, and his often-repeated excuse that he was once simply backing up his paintings documents doesn't face up to scrutiny. As Stober and Hoffman file, Lee's lies and his unexplained connections to overseas scientists spanned eighteen years. He was once a safety nightmare. Tapping at his keyboard, he assembled a personal number of the pc courses used to layout America's nuclear guns, then left them susceptible to hackers and overseas intelligence companies for years. The FBI's belated discovery that he had additionally positioned the codes on transportable cassette tapes introduced a frenzied around the globe seek that at last carried brokers to the Los Alamos landfill. And but this present day, the tapes have by no means been stumbled on. In 1995, Lee was once simply one other American, a Taiwanese immigrant striving to help a relatives he loved and to make a reputation for himself in medical circles. Unknown to him, in spite of the fact that, scientists operating within the mystery international of nuclear-weapons intelligence tested purloinedChinese files, studied undercover agent experiences, and puzzled: Had China stolen the secrets and techniques of the W88, America's so much complicated nuclear weapon? clinical hunches speedily advanced right into a legal research geared toward Lee. He were overheard via the FBI whereas telephoning a undercover agent suspect, and he used to be warmly embraced by way of a high-ranking chinese language nuclear-weapons reputable whom he wasn't speculated to be aware of. The FBI famous that he was once "ethnic Chinese." And during this doubtful interval after the chilly struggle, many politicians performed up China as a threatening new enemy. power Secretary and vice presidential hopeful invoice Richardson used to be wanting to hearth Lee and seem decisive in maintaining nationwide safeguard. during this stormy confluence of intelligence and politics, Lee grew to become a handy undercover agent. yet used to be he to blame? Dan Stober and Ian Hoffman inform the tale of the Wen Ho Lee fiasco dramatically and authoritatively, delivering an target account that no partisan model of the tale can fit.

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However, it is also to identify the major challenges that this economy presents for policy makers and to suggest tools which they might use for monitoring change and for steering social and economic transformation. Policy makers have hailed the new economy as an engine of dynamism and innovation, productivity growth and competitiveness. Thus, for example, the policy statements developed within the Lisbon process, leading to eEurope 2005, characterise Europe as suffering from a competitiveness gap with the United States and Japan.

It is important to have indicators of the ‘leading edge’ of invention and application, capturing the way that successive waves of innovation can reinforce the position of those first able to ride them. Rather than dealing with the diffusion of discrete technologies and innovations, these indicators will be concerned with the way in which enterprises (or industries or households or public services or maybe whole nations) are able to capitalise on one wave of innovation in order better to exploit the next wave, thereby remaining at the forefront of successive waves of change.

It is clear that in modelling and benchmarking these processes of dynamic change, it is not enough to focus on technology alone. We need organisation as well as technology in our concept of innovation: institutions as well as markets in our economic models. Our next chapter will take this as its principal focus, examining the relationship between innovation and organisational transformation in the new economy. Our discussion has implications for selection of the indicators that policy makers might use to steer and shape these dynamic processes: indicators which may enable the sort of benchmarking for policy learning that Lisbon advocates.

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