US Representative Scott FranklinR-Fla., Wants the White House to establish a National Council for Technological Competitiveness (TCC)
Pointing to a report from National Security CommissionUS Representative Don BaconR-Neb., Introduced a bill this month to establish a TCC with Franklin and the United States representative Health KarbahalD-California, and Connor LambD-Penn., As co-sponsors.
“The council will work under the leadership of the president and will be chaired by the vice president, with a newly appointed assistant to the president for technological competitiveness, who will serve as a daily leader. The Council will also be tasked with developing a national technology strategy and synchronizing policies and budgets to meet the vision of this strategy, “said Franklin’s office.
Proponents of the bill cite last year’s Commission report on national security, which “highlights serious concerns about the state of the nation’s technological innovation in relation to national security” and “notes the need to establish a national technology competitiveness council to monitor progress in the field of artificial technologies. intelligence; integration of electronic systems within the Ministry of Defense; and the review of intellectual property policy, among other considerations. “
This week, supporters of the bill weighed the proposal.
“The importance of this council and its ability to foster innovation between the federal government and the private sector cannot be underestimated,” Bacon said. “We cannot afford to remain stagnant as foreign actors try to surpass our nation through intellectual theft, electronic supply chain monopolies and advances in artificial intelligence capabilities. This advice will help protect our nation as a global leader by ensuring that we are ready to protect the nation and our business. “
“Maintaining America’s technological advantage is crucial to our national security,” Franklin said. “This Technology Competitiveness Council will provide a national strategic direction to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our technology efforts in the private and public sectors. This will reduce duplication of effort, streamline budgeting and speed up critical decision-making processes. In short, this will help ensure that the United States remains at the forefront of technological innovation. I am proud to join my colleagues on both sides of the path in leading this effort. ”
“Southwest Pennsylvania is home to world-class researchers and universities and strong manufacturing and industrial sectors. The establishment of a Technology Competitiveness Council will encourage the development of the next generation of technologies that will benefit the country and our region and build on our competitive advantages, ”said Lamb.
“To ensure that the United States stays on top of innovation and technological development, our entire government must coordinate to ensure that we can support our scientific, economic and security priorities,” Carbahal said. “I am proud to help lead this bipartisan effort to create a space for our many agencies and perspectives to keep our strategies streamlined as we navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the years and decades to come.”
The bill “proposes the establishment of such a council to better align national interests in technological innovation with economic resources, policy making and revision, and international cooperation” and “the council will have the task of examining technological research and development, trade interests and their relationship with national security. “The law also” seeks to secure the United States as a global genesis of cutting-edge technological innovation while protecting democratic values, American ideas, and the American technology market from hostile competitors. “
Bacon’s bill was sent to the US House of Representatives’ Science, Space and Technology Committee. There is currently no accompanying bill in the US House of Representatives.