The U.S. remains a high-technology leader, but its position in the growing global economy, may be slipping, states a newly released strategic plan by the U.S. Department of Energy.
“Innovation will drive our economic prosperity in an increasingly competitive world.
Although the United States still leads the world in computers, communications, biotechnology, aerospace, and other technology industries, we are being challenged in all of these areas,” states the plan.
“The competition is closing in rapidly — the United States has become a net importer of high-technology products, and our leadership in future technology revolutions is not guaranteed. It is imperative that we reverse the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs, particularly in high-technology manufacturing, and maintain a wide set of opportunities for our citizens by rebuilding manufacturing capabilities. A cornerstone of technology leadership and its accompanying jobs is a vibrant science and technology enterprise. Although the United States still has the world’s greatest research institutions — in no small part due to the Department’s efforts — this leadership is at risk. We must remain focused on effectively nurturing our research enterprise.”
Information courtesy of American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News.