Chapter 10

Years of anxiety 2001–2008


This chapter discusses the fact that, as science and technology’s impact on economic growth became a more widely accepted paradigm, lawmakers began to focus on the relationship between federal support of research and America’s ability to compete globally. China had begun to be viewed as major competition around this time. The chapter highlights various committees and teams, summit meetings, and reports generated to formulate a strategy for meeting the perceived threats and challenges to the US’s global dominance in technology. In particular, the National Academy’s report Rising Above the Gathering Storm contained 20 separate action items that proved influential to both Congress and the President. ...

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