"It is truly staggering to behold how this space telescope's cost and schedule projections went from costing the same as a Space Shuttle mission around half a billion dollars with an original launch goal in 2007to now becoming an expenditure exceeding $9 billion with a new launch goal in March 2021," said Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith. "That is nineteen times the original cost and a delay of fourteen years. It's hard to get much worse than that."
July 24, 2018 - Chairman Lamar Smith of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee gave remarks today at the Hudson Institute’s discussion of the New Era in Space. Smith’s remarks touched on the growing private sector presence in space and how the government can effectively collaborate with industry while spurring investment and innovation.
Congress used its annual defense policy bill to require leadership at the Department of Defense to double down on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Pentagon officials have repeatedly said artificial intelligence is a critical technology to staying ahead of potential adversaries. Earlier this month, the Defense Department reorganized its leadership structure to put a greater emphasis on emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence.
U.S. Senate and House negotiators reached agreement on Monday on a $716 billion defense policy bill, which includes provisions on tightening foreign investment scrutiny and telecommunications security in addition to authorizing military funding.
The House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday approved a bill that will codify a key cybersecurity program at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The bill, introduced by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), would give the Secretary of DHS the authority to establish the Continuous Diagnostics Mitigation (CDM) program at DHS, which aims to protect federal networks from cyberattacks.
In testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, ITIF President Rob Atkinson stated that China is seeking global technology dominance in an array of advanced technology industries through an unprecedented array of predatory economic and trade policies and practices, including theft of U.S. technology and coerced transfer thereof.
Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) expressed concern that the technology can be tracking user behavior without a consumer knowing, in a letter to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons.
Legere argued that T-Mobile and Sprint need to combine their networks in order to develop 5G and keep the U.S. at head of the 5G race. “5G has to be nationwide,” Legere said. The hype surrounding 5G is increasingly hailed as the future of wireless and broadband connectivity.
July 11, 2018 - The National Science Foundation (NSF), in consultation with the Department of Education, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced the appointment of 18 members to a new advisory panel created to encourage U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education, as authorized by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act.
After several years of Senate inaction, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Chairman Lamar Alexander announced the markup of a bill to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins Act). Enacted in 1984 to improve the academic and technical quality of vocational education, the Perkins Act provides federal funding for career and technical education (CTE) programs offered at the secondary or postsecondary level.