Report to the President and Congress, Designing a Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology [January 2013]   [open pdf - 592KB]

From the forward: "The United States leads the world in both the science of networking and information technology (NIT) and the myriad uses that transform lives. NIT impacts virtually every human endeavor, including scientific discovery, human health, education, the environment, national security, transportation, manufacturing, energy, and governance. The Federal Government coordinates its unclassified NIT research and development investments through the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program, which helps ensure that the Nation effectively leverages its strengths, avoids duplication, and increases interoperability in such areas as supercomputing, high-speed networking, cybersecurity, software engineering, and information management. In 2010, PCAST [President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology] conducted a major review of the NITRD program, including the portfolio of investments and the coordinating process, and recommended that steps be taken to develop an understanding of investment levels in NIT R&D and to create effective collaborations across key Federal agencies. In 2012, PCAST asked a small Working Group to review progress since the 2010 report and also to make further recommendations in response to the activities and advances since 2010. The current study finds that important NITRD investments responsive to the 2010 recommendations have been made, with notable progress in the multi-agency investments in 'big data,' NIT-enabled interaction with the physical world, health IT, and cybersecurity. Furthermore, significant progress has been made in creating infrastructure for network scaling and testbeds. Some of the areas have received less attention and investment than was recommended, however. Efforts in educational technology, energy and transportation, and interagency collaboration still appear to be lacking, and R&D levels remain inadequate. The new PCAST report calls for a broad, high-level advisory mechanism to help meet these continuing NIT challenges. NIT remains a powerful engine for economic growth, national security, and enhanced quality of life. To maintain America's leadership in NIT in an ever more competitive global environment, the Federal Government must develop a national strategy for continued and expanded investments in a robust NIT R&D program. PCAST believes that implementation of the recommendations in this report will help."

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