The global competitive environment continues to grown in intensity and scope. The U.S. faces challenges from new competitor nations and companies, from global labor market that increasingly impacts American workers, and from increased foreign investment—both public and private—in research and development. Other Countries have learned that American economic leadership and growth depend on technological innovation, the strength of its workforce, and the existence of a strong infrastructure. Following that lead, they are increasingly reaping the benefits of participating in the global economy. Recognizing these challenges, the Bush Administration is making investments and creating policies that will help the U.S. maintain its global competitiveness and leadership.
The United States needs to be the Innovation Headquarters.
I want to take a minute and outline where we've been..... where we're going....and why the nations needs you.
1. From its early days, this Administration has made technology and innovation priorities in its plan for continued global economic leadership.
DOC report on biotechnology serves to foster a better understanding of its role in industry and employment; discuss findings.
2. America's success has always depended on the strength and talent of its workforce. However, as the global competitive environment changes, so do the requirements for a world-class workforce. The Administration is providing support for education at all levels, K-greys, not only to reinforce the basic skill (such as math and science) that are continually critical to our success, but to promote other skills that will make American workers better able to adapt to new technologies and processes in the workplace.
Coordination between R&D funding and the production of degrees in science and engineering: A correlation has been demonstrated between the areas in which government R&D funds are spent and the output of students majoring in those areas. Current Federal R&D investment in emerging fields such as nanotechnology could have the same impact—producing students who are well-prepared to the added challenges and opportunities of innovative fields and multidisciplinary environments. The Federal government has an important role in funding ..... in education...with an eye on an active private-sector
3. While investment in R&D is important for spurring innovation, it is not sufficient to sustain it. The Administration is working to create a policy environment conducive to innovation, through measures such as:
THE FUTURE A story of acceleration and regulation... These converging technologies—nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science—offer great opportunities; they are the key to continued American innovation, competitiveness, and job creation. But while we work to maximize those benefits, we must keep in mind the additional responsibilities of our global leadership. That leadership is not only limited to the creation and promotion of new technologies, but also to the societal and ethical challenges associated with their utilization, both here in the U.S. and around the world.
Congress is a deliberative body as it should be
It's not built for speed
So responsibility rests with public/private leaders
So we need to emphasize competition, innovation and acceleration of emerging technologies in an atmosphere of reasonable regulation to safeguard the public. This means a call for collaboration – your nation needs you
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