President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a new national strategy that outlines how the “United States will maintain its global leadership in wide-ranging technologies”.
The plan, known as the “2020 National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies,” seeks to keep the country ahead in the fields of “conventional weapons, artificial intelligence and space, among others.
It “encourages unity of effort” among relevant government institutions in the country, and “provides a framework from which deliberate actions will affect multiple technology areas in a coordinated manner.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the strategy is anchored on two pillars, one to promote United States technologies and the other to protect them.
A senior administration official told newsmen that the Department of Commerce would continue to serve as the lead agency for export controls.
However, the plan is intended to ensure coordination among different departments and agencies, according to the official.
“This strategy is a product of bringing all those departments and agencies together so we have a common picture and a common set of priorities.
“This is to ensure the government functions as a team across those departments and agencies to make sure we’re focusing on those most critical technologies for the future,” the official said.
In a media note, the Department of State said the United States needed to strengthen its commitment to science and technology as “our competitors and adversaries mobilise vast resources in these areas”.
“Maintaining our competitive edge is critical to our long-term national and security and economic stability and growth.
“The United States will not turn a blind eye to the tactics of countries such as the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China, which steal technology, coerce companies into handing over intellectual property, and surreptitiously divert emerging civilian technologies to build up their militaries.
“We will strengthen rules where gaps exist, enforce agreements, and work with like-minded allies and partners to ensure our common principles prevail as global norms and best practices,” according to the note.
Edited By: Felix Ajide