32) For further discussion of the implications of using the JCAE
model for an intelligence committee, see CRS Report RL32538, 9/11 Commission Recommendations: Joint Committee on Atomic Energy--A Model for Congressional Oversight?
In 1975, I tried (with a colleague) to revise the JCAE
estimate of the energy efficiency of the US economy, based on the principles explained by the APS summer study.
Given the significance of that theme, one is tempted to view Chain Reaction as two books in one--a theoretical discussion of the nature of federal governance and bureaucracy and an institutional study of AEC and JCAE.
Focusing on the efforts to commercialize nuclear power between 1945 and 1975, Balogh turns his attention to the "iron triangle" of the AEC, the JCAE, and the burgeoning nuclear industry to explore the new postwar bureaucratic process at work.
secretive congressional committee seemed appropriate when the JCAE
scheduled their Second AE Symposium to be held in Tokyo the next year.
such empowered joint committee since 1977 (when the JCAE was abolished),
25) For background and further citations on the JCAE, see CRS
26) One caveat to the unique status of the JCAE is the Temporary
In its prime, JCAE was even considered by some as "probably the most powerful congressional committee in the history of the nation.
19) A JCI, if authorized to report legislation to the floor of both houses, would be unique currently; it would be the only such empowered joint committee since 1977 (when the JCAE was abolished), and one of the few in the history of the Congress; a joint committee on intelligence would also raise the prospect of similar panels for other policy areas, including homeland security, which have wide-ranging jurisdictions that cross a number of executive agencies and programs along with congressional committee jurisdictions.
10) For background and further citations on the JCAE, see CRS Report RL32538, 9/11 Commission Recommendations: Joint Committee on Atomic Energy--A Model for Congressional Oversight?