"During the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) meeting on July 13, 2004, President George W. Bush asked the Council to address the question: 'How do we ensure adequate development of intellectual capital to protect critical American information infrastructure and infrastructure concepts?' The question remains timely, as reports in several news outlets including The Wall Street Journal show that China and India graduate five times as many engineers as does the United States. Other recent reports have ranked eighth graders as 19th in the world in math. How can the United States protect its critical infrastructure if the institutions educating the country's workforce are not producing enough Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) graduates to support the growing demand for technologically proficient workers? While statistics may vary, they all clearly support the fact there is a need for a technologically literate workforce."
National Infrastructure Advisory Council: http://www.dhs.gov/xprevprot/committees/editorial_0353.shtm