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Briefing Date:10/07/2005
Topic:Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Division on Policy and Global Affairs
Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy
Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century

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Congressional Briefings
Friday, October 7, 2005
703 Hart Senate Office Bldg. -- 10:00 a.m.
706 Hart Senate Office Bldg. -- 11:00 a.m.
B-375 Rayburn House Office Bldg. -- 2:30 p.m.

and

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
241 Cannon House Office Bldg. -- 9:30 a.m.
427 Hart Senate Office Bldg. -- 10:30 a.m.

and

Monday, October 17, 2005
364 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. -- 11:30 p.m.

on

Rising Above the Gathering Storm:
Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future

The unmatched vitality of the United States' economy and science and technology enterprise has made this country a world leader for decades, allowing Americans to benefit from a high standard of living and national security. But in a world where advanced knowledge is widespread and low-cost labor is readily available, U.S. advantages in the marketplace and in science and technology have begun to erode. A comprehensive and coordinated federal effort is urgently needed to bolster U.S. competitiveness and pre-eminence in these areas so that the nation will consistently gain from the opportunities offered by rapid globalization.

This new report from the National Academies -- written by a 20-member committee that included university presidents, CEOs, Nobel Prize winners, and former presidential appointees -- makes four recommendations along with 20 implementation actions that federal policy-makers should take to enhance the nation's science and technology (S&T) enterprise, create high-quality jobs, and focus new S&T efforts on meeting the nation's need for clean, affordable, and reliable energy. Some actions will involve changing existing laws, while others will require financial support that would come from reallocating existing budgets or increasing them. Finally, an ongoing evaluation of the results should be included in all of these measures.

This study originated from an informal request by members of Congress from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources and House Science Committees. A series of briefings were held for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on October 12, 2005 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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