Omar reprint? or Red Sneakdoor Beta but for R&D? I think this is closer to the latter, despite it working on R&D, instead of HQ. The thing with Omar was, well, it was telegraphed. The corporation had the information from turn one. Sneakdoor Beta is hidden from the corporation, but was expensive, and took up a memory slot on top of that, so if you didn't pack any extra MU, you were basically locked into just your breakers and SB, assuming 5 mu from ID + console.
Yes, the tag from this might (only might!) prove to hurt you, but if you're making that last ditch run or two on R&D to close out the game - gaining the Threat 3 bonus probably - then it might not be that bad. Looking at it from a value proposition, if you assume worst case scenario, where you must remove the tag, if the money saved from not needing to charge through a 3-ice thick R&D is worth more than a click and 2 credits, I think you got the better end of it anyways. It's not like you want to slap this on the table with no intention of running it.
This will be a dead draw in very few cases, and in the cases it is, it's because you can breeze your way into R&D without any difficulty, or you are threatening HQ or a remote server instead, and if you have convinced a corporation to expend more ICE on HQ and a remote at the cost of R&D security, you still have easy access to R&D to close out the game. So, not too much pressure for getting a dead draw, because you were probably winning already.
This beauty of this card is that it isn't a win-more card. It can redeem lost positions with that little surprise factor, without any deck building cost or other concessions that need to be made in the game. And that surprise factor is very cheap to drop and take advantage of, especially when Anarchs already have lots of tools to pressure R&D. You don't want this card early, so it probably should be a one-of. But its a very powerful one-of in the situations it handles. If you find your self stranded in late game, almost out of gas, with a glacier on R&D, you just drop this and carry on with your R&D lock.
Edit: Just realized, this also works with Divide and Conquer.