How Congress Can Promote Innovation, Productivity, and Competitiveness

U.S. workers and enterprises are falling behind in the global innovation, productivity, and competitiveness race, and Congress should enact a series of policies to reverse the trends, Stephen Ezell argued last week in remarks to the House Democratic Caucus. On an expert panel convened by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Ezell's specific recommendations included reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, investing in manufacturing innovation and education, spurring technology transfer and commercialization, and unlocking the economic potential of the Internet of Things.

China Joins the Laser Arms Race

Lasers and other directed energy weapons are all the rage in D.C., with a U.S. general recently declaring at a conference dedicated to the topic that "Directed energy brings the dawn of an entirely new era in defense." Indeed, the U.S. Navy has already tested lasers on warships deployed in the Persian Gulf and plans to arm other systems like aerial gunships with the weapons in the years ahead. Lasers are also a crucial part of long-term plans to defeat the threat of higher numbers of Chinese anti-ship missiles.

Obama wants to build world's best supercomputer

President Obama wants the U.S. to catch up to China when it comes to "high-performance computing." He issued an executive order Wednesday establishing a national strategic computing initiative to coordinate efforts by the government, private sector and academia to build the next generation of supercomputer.

When America competes, the world benefits

As China prioritizes major research and development projects, and India graduates thousands more scientists and engineers, the U.S. faces significant challenges in the global marketplace.These challenges are precisely why the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is announcing it will convene an innovation and competitiveness working group in order to help craft legislation that would authorize science and technology policies previously directed under the America Competes Act.

Is the US Still First in Technology?

Japan has the highest budget when it comes to research and development as opposed to the United States which dropped its own R&D budget below 12%. Japan however, keeps many of its advancements for local use.Despite that disturbing budget news, the US is still second to Japan in most lists when it comes to technological superiority.

Stop China’s plan to weaken American innovation

China’s government is orchestrating a comprehensive effort to eradicate American competitors from its markets for information and communications technology (ICT) products and services. The intent is to hobble US companies competing in China, cultivate and promote China’s own domestic champions, and ultimately replace the US as the world’s ICT leader.

The importance of US patent quality

From computing and electronics to biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, America is home to the world’s most cutting edge innovations. One of the reasons for this wealth of invention is the protection afforded by high quality patents. A patent system that continues to promote and protect our inventions is critical to our economic success and global competitiveness.

Peer-to-Peer Wireless Is Increasing Competition Worldwide

In some markets—including large swaths of the U.S.—just one or two companies have the right to transmit over the most versatile bands of radio spectrum or to build cable connections using public rights of way. This means those companies can dictate the terms and price of the connection, and as a result, an Internet connection in most U.S. cities is costlier and slower than it would be in cities in comparable countries, reports the New American Foundation.

China’s robots will double by 2017 to overtake the US

The number of industrial robots in use in China will more than double over the next two years ­– from 182,000 today to 428,000 by 2017 – thus overtaking the robot populations of either North America or the EU’s five largest economies.

China's Rise to Global Economic Superpower

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the most prestigious international financial institution in the world, has rated China's ranking to number one economic superpower in the world -- surpassing those of the United States based upon the purchasing power parity of GDP indicator (gross domestic product).

NASA must sharpen its space skills, say experts

(Fox News) - “In the longer term (two to three decades from now), China appears to be best positioned to be a challenger for the top spot,” Prof. Loizos Heracleous of Warwick Business School in the U.K. told He and Steven Gonzalez of NASA’s Johnson Space Center co-authored the study, Two modest proposals for propelling NASA forward, which was published on Nov. 17 in Space Policy.

100Mbps Internet available to 59% of US, while gigabit still at just 3%

At the lower end, the report found that 98 percent of Americans can get at least 3Mbps, while 88 percent can choose from at least two providers, and 56 percent can choose from at least three. Two percent of Americans had no options even at 3Mbps.

U.S. military readiness for war, competitive edge worsening: officials

The U.S. military's ability to stay ahead of technology advances by other countries and respond to multiple crises around the world is already in jeopardy and will get worse unless mandatory budget cuts are reversed, top U.S. officials warned on Saturday.

Japanese companies beating U.S. firms in innovation

Japanese firms outranked U.S. companies when it comes to innovation, according to a 2014 list released by Thomson Reuters’ IP and Science business. There were 39 Japanese firms that made this year’s Top 100 Global Innovators list, compared to 35 U.S. companies.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Promotes Google Fiber's Impact on Competition and Gigabit Networks

Google Fiber has been perhaps the primary driver of the current push toward high-speed internet in the United States, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a speech here yesterday on the future of broadband competition.


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