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An Analysis of the Technology Role in U.S. Power during the Mid-Range Period.

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The role of technology predominates all elements of U.S. power. It is the key ingredient of defense planning it looms as the bright spot in our balance of trade it represents the heart of detente it is responsible for the enormous improvement in our quality of life and it is in the direction of technology that mankind seeks solutions in this new age of global interdependency and increased shortages of natural resources. The accellerating importance of technology to our nations security and world leadership posture stands in astonishing contrast to the long and continuing decline of U.S. funding for research and development. A decline that poses a threat to our national defense - to our economic power - to the quality of life. Data was provided primarily from business and technology periodicals, federal budget review and texts pertaining to technology and its impact on the future. Federal support of R and D has dropped severely over the last decade to 1.2 of GNP. In view of the facts respecting the vital nature of technology to the nation and this reduced support of the R and D effort in the United States, it is recommended that all of the elements of U.S. power be reflected in the Presidents cabinet. The Presidents cabinet should be reorganized so that all five elements of U.S. power are represented, and in particular there be created a Secretary of Science and Technology and as a principal arm he create a National Institute of Science and Technology. It is further suggested that national policy be established to provide five percent of gross national product for research and development. Author

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