S&T Strategies of Six Countries: Implications for the United States

Posted on August 20, 2010. Filed under: policy, science & technology | Tags: , |

The National Research Council has released a prepublication copy of its report on S&T Strategies of Six Countries.  If you want the cliff notes, take a look at the summary document.

You can also download a free prepub copyof the entire report (for personal use only) after providing an email address.

The report covers science and technology (S&T) strategies in Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia, and Singapore. It also addresses military and economic implications of S&T developments, making the following “key recommendation”:

The U.S. government should assess, as a matter of urgency, the national security implications of the continuing global S&T revolution and the global dispersion of R&D.  It should evaluate the impact of the decline in U.S. academic competitiveness at the primary and secondary levels, as pointed out in the 2007 report Rising Above the Gathering Storm report, especially with regard to the sciences. Equally important, the assessment should seek mechanisms for sustainable U.S. government collaboration with the international community to uncover and exploit potential scientific and technological breakthroughs, wherever they occur, and to contain whatever threats they may portend.

The report makes a number of other recommendations as well – read chapter 10 for all of them.  As the summary document states:

The recommendations highlight current observations and suggest that, at a minimum, further tracking of the best indicators be undertaken to verify the counties’ middle and long-term S&T strategies and achievements.

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