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The Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) was set up in 1984 within the US Department of Defense to oversee SDI. Under the Clinton Administration, its name was changed in 1993 to the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) and its emphasis was shifted from national missile defense to theater missile defense, and its scope from global to more regional coverage. BMDO was renamed the Missile Defense Agency in 2002. A third example of a Big Science project was the Human Genome Project which was conceived by the US Department of Energy (DOE), took 13 years to complete (planned in 1984, began in 1990, and completed in 2003), and was coordinated by the DOE and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

21). If neither the profit motive nor “honour” can secure the ongoing pursuit of science, it seems that only those who “possess a private fortune ... [and] can resolve to give up all intention of improving it” are the candidates for such a pursuit (Ibid. 29). Regardless of who will eventually join the scientific community and regardless of how the state will or will not support science, Babbage is the first (and the most quoted till today) to outline what he considers the four kinds or types of fraud found in science.

52). Exploiting the religious imagery that dominates American culture, it was natural to perpetuate “the dual myth of Bush as messiah and Science, The Endless Frontierr as sacred text” all the way to the present (Ibid 55; italics denote his book’s title). The insulation of the scientific community from the pressures of the state may seem the perfect antidote to the kind of ideological interventions and subversions of the Soviet or German seen before; however, with the linear modell of the scientific enterprise the state ends up supporting a specific agenda of monumental ideological importance: fight fascism (WWII) or the “evil empire” (USSR during the Cold War) with the valuable results of applied scientific research (Fuller 2004, 27).

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