War By Other Means

Source: The Technocratic Tyranny

By Vicky Davis • March 17, 2019

On March 14, 2019, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the budget for the Defense Department.  Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and General Joseph Dunford testified.  When it was Senator Josh Hawley’s turn to ask questions, he asked about Google.  The following is a clip of the question and answer.

On June 21, 1993, John Gibbons, the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy testified at a hearing of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee to lay out the Clinton-Gore technology policy for congress. His testimony is critically important because it was the implementation of the policy that Gibbons articulated that put us where we are today.

There was a technology plan that went along with Gibbon’s testimony.  The following is an excerpt from the report concerning the funding and requirement for the National Laboratories to work with the private sector in the development of technologies and to provide funding for the Universities and Extension Centers to do the same.

National Laboratories and Universities

GOAL: WORLD LEADERSHIP IN BASIC SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS, AND ENGINEERING

University Research
National Laboratories
Space Science and Exploration
Environmental Research

It is essential to recognize that technical advances depend on basic research in science, mathematics, and engineering. Scientific advances are the wellspring of the technical innovations whose benefits are seen in economic growth, improved health care, and many other areas. The federal government has invested heavily in basic research since the
Second World War and this support has paid enormous dividends. Our research universities are the best in the world; our national laboratories and-the research facilities they house attract scientists and engineers from around the globe. In almost every field, United States researchers lead their foreign colleagues in scientific citations, in Nobel prizes, and most other measures of scientific excellence.

University Research. The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health provide the vast majority of Federal funding for university research. Since universities play dual roles of research and teaching, the long-term scientific and technological vitality of the U.S. depends upon adequate and sustained funding for university research grant programs at NSF, NIH, and other research agencies.

National Laboratories. In fields like high-energy physics, biomedical science, nuclear physics, materials sciences, and aeronautics, the national laboratories provide key facilities used by researchers in academia, Federal labs, and industry. In addition, in many fields, researchers at Federal labs are world leaders. We will ensure that Federal laboratories continue their key role in basic research and will encourage more cooperative research between the laboratories and industry and universities. And we will develop new missions for our federal labs to make full use of the talented and experienced men and women working there in today’s post-cold war era.

Environmental Research. In FY93, the Federal government will invest in research to better understand global warming, ozone depletion, and other phenomena important to local, regional, and global environments. This research is essential if we are to fully assess the damage mankind is doing to our planet and take effective action to address it. Vital research on local and regional environmental problems will also be strongly supported at EPA, NOAA, NASA, DoD, DOL, USDA, and other agencies.

BUILDING AMERICA’S ECONOMIC STRENGTH: NEW INITIATIVES

• Permanent Extension Of The Research And Experimentation Tax Credit
• Invest In A National Information Infrastructure
• Advanced Manufacturing Technology
• Facilitate Private Sector Development of a New Generation of Automobiles
• Improve Technology For Education And Training
• Investments In Energy-Efficient Federal Buildings

For all of those activities, the federal government has provided funding for the private sector for research and development of technologies which it then gifts to the researchers.  Money for research and development through grants and tax credits was provided not just to the top research universities, but to every institution that hangs a shingle on the door indicating that some education is happening somewhere inside.  Not only that, the State Department opened the flood gates for an unlimited number of students from foreign countries to come to the U.S. to be educated in our universities.

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