The Endless Frontier Act is a new proposal in support of a stronger US tech base: a move that could be more specific given the ongoing trade tensions between the US and China.
Technology – The Final Frontier
By: Dawn MK Zoldi, guest author
They say attack is the best defense. In recent years, the main tactics in the US-China tech war have been to crouch and throw grenades in the form of various executive orders targeting software and drones, add names for export control blacklists, and make suggestions (but not) Pass) bans on Chinese drones law.
Instead of playing “D” against China’s Tech-A game, a non-partisan group in Congress wants to turn the script around by being active in US education, science and technology (S&T) and research and development (R&D) invested. It’s called the Endless Frontier Act and is slated to invest $ 100 billion over the next 5 years.
Originally filed on p.3832 at 116th Congress nearly a year ago, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Indiana Republican Todd Young have teamed up with plans to scrap the bill and make it the cornerstone of new law do .
The law, as originally proposed, would rename the National Science Foundation the National Science and Technology Foundation because words matter. It would create two assistant directors, one for science and one for technology. The latter would be responsible for a newly created technology directorate. The objectives of this directorate include:
- Strengthen US leadership in critical technologies through basic research in key technology focus areas;
- Improve US competitiveness in key technology focus areas by improving education in key technology focus areas and attracting more students to such areas; and
- Promote the economic and societal impact of government-funded research and development by accelerating the implementation of fundamental advances in key technology focus areas into processes and products that can help meet national goals for economic competitiveness, domestic manufacturing, national security, shared prosperity, and the environment , Health, education and human resource development, and transport
The Assistant Director of Technology would drive innovation through research and strategies in ten main areas, including:
- artificial intelligence and machine learning (AIML);
- High performance computers, semiconductors and advanced computer hardware;
- Quantum computers and information systems;
- Robotics, automation and advanced manufacturing;
- natural or anthropogenic disaster prevention;
- advanced communication technology;
- Biotechnology, genomics and synthetic biology;
- Cybersecurity, data storage and data management technologies;
- advanced energy; and
- Materials science, engineering and relevant exploration relevant
Why does the drone industry care? For the future generation of the industry workforce, the bill will enable scholarships, grants, and other student support in areas such as AIML, robotics, and automation, all of which are relevant to the future of autonomous flight. For high level individual researchers, nonprofits, and consortia, grants, collaborative agreements, contracts (SIBR and STTR), awards, other transitions (* this is a broad authority, folks), test rigs, and regional technology centers are used. In short, it’s technology transfer and transition (T3) on steroids.
It remains to be seen whether this time the Endless Frontier will sail in the fast lane through Congress as proposed or will crash and burn like last year. I think we all agree that technology really is the final frontier because it paves the way for everyone else. Keep running!
Dawn MK Zoldi (Colonel, USAF, retired) is a licensed attorney with 28 years of active military and federal service in the Air Force Department. She is an internationally recognized expert on the law and politics of unmanned aircraft systems, columnist for Law-Tech Connect ™ for Inside Unmanned Systems magazine, recipient of the Woman to Watch in UAS (Leadership) Award 2019 and CEO of P3 Tech Consulting LLC. You can find more information on their website at: https://www.p3techconsulting.com.
Miriam McNabb is editor-in-chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a marketplace for professional drone services, and a fascinating observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Author of over 3,000 articles focusing on the commercial drone space, Miriam is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam graduated from the University of Chicago and has over 20 years experience in high-tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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