Center for a New American Security Launches U.S. National Technology Strategy Initiative

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The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) today announced the launch of its U.S. National Technology Strategy project, a U.S. government–supported initiative to bolster American innovation and technological leadership, according to a news release.

The center is using its program to help the U.S. government establish a coherent, comprehensive national strategy to accelerate American innovation and protect America’s competitive advantages. The U.S. National Technology Strategy project will develop concrete, actionable policy recommendations in high-impact areas including:

  • Accelerating innovation through R&D funding
  • Restoring and maintaining a robust talent pipeline
  • Leading in technical standards and norm-setting
  • Diversifying and securing supply chains
  • Reforming export control policies

Across these areas, the project will examine the institutional and bureaucratic processes through which the government should develop and execute an effective national approach to reinvigorating American technological competitiveness.

The initiative is in line with recent U.S. government programs that seek to promote quantum technologies as critical to national security.

Paul Scharre, project lead and Director of the CNAS Technology and National Security Program, said, “The United States needs an actionable national technology strategy to ensure its long-term competitiveness. Developing this framework will require input and expertise from an array of actors across government, private industry, and the research community.”

Richard Fontaine, CNAS CEO, said that advancing technology will promote American competitiveness.

“Technological leadership is a key component of American competitiveness in this renewed era of great-power competition,” said Fontaine. “This major CNAS initiative will develop a blueprint for a national technology strategy and a framework for executing it.”

The U.S. National Technology Strategy project is partially supported by a grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Commercial and Economic Analysis.

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent and bipartisan research institution that develops strong, pragmatic, and principled national security and defense policies. CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.