Endless Frontier Act: Flipping the Script on the Battle Against China-Made Drone Tech

Endless Frontier Act: Flipping the Script on the Battle Against China-Made Drone Tech

Endless Frontier Act

The Endless Frontier Act is a brand new proposal designed to assist a stronger U.S. know-how base: a transfer that may very well be a extra concrete play in ongoing U.S.- China commerce tensions.

Technology – The Final Frontier

By: Dawn M.Ok. Zoldi, Guest Contributor

 They say offense is one of the best protection. For the previous couple of years, the primary tactic within the U.S.-Chinese Tech War has been to hunker down and lob grenades within the type of numerous Executive Orders geared toward software program and drones, add names to export management blacklists, and suggest (however not cross) legislative bans on Chinese drones.

Now as a substitute of taking part in “D” towards China’s tech A-game, a bipartisan group in Congress needs to flip the script by actively investing in U.S. schooling, science and know-how (S&T) and analysis and growth (R&D). It’s referred to as the Endless Frontier Act and the plan is to infuse $100 billion throughout the following 5 years.

Originally submitted nearly a yr in the past within the 116th Congress as S. 3832, Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, and Indiana Republican Todd Young have teamed up once more and plan to mud off the Act and make it the keystone of a brand new piece of laws.

The Act, as initially submitted, would redesignate the National Science Foundation to the National Science and Technology Foundation, as a result of phrases matter. It would set up two Deputy Directors, one for Science and one for Technology. The latter can be in control of a newly created Directorate for Technology. This Directorate’s objectives embody:

  • strengthening the management of the U.S. in important applied sciences via basic analysis in the important thing know-how focus areas;
  • enhancing the competitiveness of the U.S. in the important thing know-how focus areas by enhancing schooling in the important thing know-how focus areas and attracting extra college students to such areas; and
  • fostering the financial and societal impression of federally funded analysis and growth via an accelerated translation of basic advances in the important thing know-how focus areas into processes and merchandise that may assist obtain nationwide objectives associated to financial competitiveness, home manufacturing, nationwide safety, shared prosperity, power and the atmosphere, well being, schooling and workforce growth, and transportation

The Deputy Director of Technology would advance innovation via analysis and techniques on ten key focus areas together with:

  • synthetic intelligence and machine studying (AIML);
  • excessive efficiency computing, semiconductors, and superior pc {hardware};
  • quantum computing and knowledge methods;
  • robotics, automation, and superior manufacturing;
  • pure or anthropogenic catastrophe prevention;
  • superior communications know-how;
  • biotechnology, genomics, and artificial biology;
  • cybersecurity, information storage, and information administration applied sciences;
  • superior power; and
  • supplies science, engineering, and related exploration related

Why does the drone trade care? For the long run era of the trade’s workforce, the invoice will allow scholarships, fellowships and different pupil assist in areas like AIML, robotics and automation, all related to the way forward for autonomous flight. For increased ed, particular person researchers, not-for-profits and consoria, it is going to infuse large {dollars} into grants, cooperative agreements, contracts (SIBR and STTR), prizes, different transitions (*that is broad authority, people), take a look at beds and regional know-how hubs. In quick, it’s know-how switch and transition (T3) on steroids.

It stays to be seen whether or not or not this time across the Endless Frontier will sail via Congress on the fast-track, as proposed, or crash and burn because it did final yr.  Either approach, I believe we will all agree, tech actually is the ultimate frontier as a result of it paves the best way to all others. Race on!

Dawn M.Ok. Zoldi (Colonel, USAF, Retired) is a licensed lawyer with 28 years of mixed energetic responsibility navy and federal civil service to the Department of the Air Force. She is an internationally acknowledged professional on unmanned plane system regulation and coverage, the Law-Tech Connect™ columnist for Inside Unmanned Systems journal, a recipient of the Woman to Watch in UAS (Leadership) Award 2019, and the CEO of P3 Tech Consulting LLC. For extra data, go to her web site at: https://www.p3techconsulting.com.

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, knowledgeable drone companies market, and a fascinated observer of the rising drone trade and the regulatory atmosphere for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles targeted on the industrial drone house and is a world speaker and acknowledged determine within the trade.  Miriam has a level from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of expertise in excessive tech gross sales and advertising and marketing for brand spanking new applied sciences.
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