Saratoga, NY – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congressman Jim Langevin, Ranking Member and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities, wrote a bipartisan op-ed in The Hill on the need for Congress to work to bring further federal support for science and technology. This is especially important during a public health crisis.
“As America faces a once in a generation health crisis, Congress has appropriated over 2.5 trillion dollars to the COVID-19 response in just a month and a half. Yet the percentage of federal spending on research and development – namely on the scientists and engineers who can innovate us out of this crisis and better prepare us for the next – has been in decline since the 1970s.
“In a time when our national defense planning has shifted focus to great power competition, addressing the challenge posed by rising powers requires an ambitious plan for national investment and aggressive talent development in science and technology. Despite bipartisan support for increased investment in our national security innovation base in this era of strategic competition, growth in the science and technology budget is almost always sacrificed to field the mature technologies of today.
“While we grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to consider how the federal government can invest in innovations that will lead us out of this crisis, and protect against similar crises in the future. One agency is well-equipped to handle such investment: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)."
Read the full op-ed here.