Critical and Emerging Technologies List Update: A Report by the Fast Track Action Subcommittee on Critical and Emerging Technologies of the National Science and Technology Council   [open pdf - 276KB]

From the Overview: "Critical and emerging technologies (CETs) are a subset of advanced technologies that are potentially significant to U.S. national security. The 2021 'Interim National Security Strategic Guidance' defines three national security objectives: protect the security of the American people, expand economic prosperity and opportunity, and realize and defend democratic values. This list identifies CETs with the potential to further these objectives and builds on the October 2020 'National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies', which contains an initial list of priority CETs. This updated document expands upon that original CET list by identifying subfields for each CET with a focus, where possible, on core technologies rather than on technology application areas or performance characteristics. [...] Although not a strategy itself, this updated CET list will inform a forthcoming strategy on U.S. technological competitiveness and national security. This list may also inform future efforts to prioritize across CETs and their component subfields; however, 'this list should not be interpreted as a priority list for either policy development or funding.' Instead, this list should be used as a resource to: inform future efforts that promote U.S. technological leadership; cooperate with allies and partners to advance and maintain shared technological advantages; develop, design, govern, and use CETs that yield tangible benefits for society and are aligned with democratic values; and develop U.S. Government measures that respond to threats against U.S. security."

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