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Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future


In a world where advanced knowledge is widespread and low-cost labor is
readily available, U.S. advantages in the marketplace and in science and
technology have begun to erode. A comprehensive and coordinated federal
effort is urgently needed to bolster U.S. competitiveness and
pre-eminence in these areas. This congressionally requested report by a
pre-eminent committee makes four recommendations along with 20
implementation actions that federal policy-makers should take to create
high-quality jobs and focus new science and technology efforts on
meeting the nation’s needs, especially in the area of clean, affordable

1) Increase America’s talent pool by vastly improving K-12 mathematics
and science education; 2) Sustain and strengthen the nation’s commitment
to long-term basic research; 3) Develop, recruit, and retain top
students, scientists, and engineers from both the U.S. and abroad; and
4) Ensure that the United States is the premier place in the world for

Some actions will involve changing existing laws, while others will
require financial support that would come from reallocating existing
budgets or increasing them. Rising Above the Gathering Storm will be of
great interest to federal and state government agencies, educators and
schools, public decision makers, research sponsors, regulatory analysts,
and scholars.