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Human Genome News, May 1991; 3(1)

Council on Competitiveness Urges Action To Strengthen Performance

The United States' once-commanding lead in the critical technologies driving economic growth and national security is being challenged by international competition, according to a new report by the Council on Competitiveness.

Gaining New Ground: Technology Priorities for America's Future is the result of a 2-year effort guided by a group of technology experts from industry, universities, and labor from around the country. The report is based on an analysis of 94 technologies in 9 major economic sectors that together account for sales of more than $1 trillion.

The report lists several key findings, including the following:

  • The critical generic technologies that will drive economic growth and competitiveness over the next decade already exist, and industry needs to improve its ability to convert them into marketable products and services.
  • U.S. leadership in many critical technologies has been slipping and, in some cases, has been lost altogether. Other countries are systematically achieving leader-ship in many critical technologies.
  • America's research universities constitute a great national asset, but their focus on technology and competitiveness is limited.

The report concludes that, unless the nation acts to enhance its position in critical generic technologies, the U.S. ability to compete will erode further, with serious consequences for jobs, economic growth, and national security. The report recommends a series of actions for government, industry, and universities to strengthen the country's performance. One recommendation is that technological leadership become a national priority.

The Council on Competitiveness is a nonprofit coalition of chief executives from leading businesses, organized labor, and higher education, whose goal is to improve the ability of U.S. industry and its workers to compete in world markets.

Full copies of the report may be obtained for $20.


Contact:

  • Council on Competitiveness
    900 17th Street NW, Suite 1050
    Washington, DC 20006
    202/785-3990

HGMIS Staff

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