Despite an impressive title, the reception for the White House’s new National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies received a remarkably tepid response from experts following its release Thursday.
In fact, some were unsure whether they should call the document a “strategy” at all.
“I don’t see any dollar signs,” said James Lewis, senior vice president and director of the technology-policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “Does it count as a strategy if you don’t identify which agency is in charge, give them a deadline, and identify funding?”
That was one of the more polite criticisms of the Trump administration’s plan, which in broad strokes seeks to ensure that the United States promotes the domestic development of emerging technologies while preventing the spread of those technologies to U.S. adversaries.
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