Meeting New Challenges for U.S. Industry

Every issue explores cutting-edge developments in technology, medicine, education, climate change, and much more. Articles provide in-depth analyses of science and technology’s impact on public policy, the economy, and society—bringing today’s best minds to bear on tomorrow’s most critical topics.

Editor's Journal

  • The Ehlers Report

    To be fair, one should be realistic about what can be achieved in a relatively brief overview of all U.S. science and technology (S&T) policy. When House Speaker Newt Gingrich directed the… Read More

From the Hill

  • From the Hill

    R&D is big winner in 1999 federal budget A last-minute congressional spending frenzy helped boost federal R&D funding significantly in the FY 1999 year to $80.2 billion-$4.1 billion or 5.3 percent more… Read More



  • Archives

    U.S. Geological Survey Our photo shows the U.S. Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, conducted by Ferdinand V. Hayden, on the trail between the Yellowstone and East Fork Rivers in 1871.… Read More
  • Sandia’s Science Park: A New Concept in Technology Transfer

    When Sandia National Laboratories announced plans for a new science and technology (S&T) park, it opened a new avenue for partnership with private industry. For years, the national laboratories have been urged… Read More
  • Antitrust and Technological Innovation

    The courtroom drama of U.S. v. Microsoft, now playing in Washington, D.C., has drawn hyperbolic press notices. Some observers portray the trial as the first test in the dawning Information Age of… Read More
  • Toward a Learning Economy

    More Americans now work in physicians’ offices than in auto plants. Roughly as many work in retailing as in all of manufacturing. The service sector now encompasses three-quarters of U.S. jobs, and… Read More
  • Why Standards Matter

    Today the United States is the world’s most prolific exporter, its strongest competitor, and its most productive innovator. Yet there are no guarantees that this hard-won mantle of competitive success will remain… Read More
  • The New Competitive Landscape

    Only a decade ago, global competition shook U.S. self-confidence to the core. U.S. industry seemingly could not match the price and quality of manufactured goods that surged into the domestic market. As… Read More
  • Update

    Crisis in U.S. organ transplant system intensifies More than 10 Americans die each day while awaiting organ transplantation. The U.S. organ transplant system has been in “crisis” for decades, but recently its… Read More
  • Fixing the Research Credit

    Even as economists describe the importance of R&D in a knowledge-based economy and policymakers increase their fiscal commitments to other forms of R&D support, the United States has yet to take full… Read More
  • The Image of Engineering

    Something’s wrong with the public perception of engineering. A recent Gallup poll found that only 2 percent of the respondents associated engineers with the word “invents” and only 3 percent associated them… Read More

Book Reviews

  • Pollution Control in the United States book cover by J. Clarence Davies

    EPA analyzed

    To the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is faced with legislative requirements to better explain its goals and achievements under the Government Performance and Results Act as well as numerous other independent… Read More
  • The Productive Edge by Richard Lester

    The Future of the US Economy

    Barely a decade ago, many if not most commentators portrayed the U.S. economy as reeling under the onslaught of foreign competition. In industry after industry, on virtually every measure of competitiveness from… Read More
  • The cover of a book titled Atomic Audit

    Nuclear Reckoning

    After a truly admirable research effort, Stephen Schwartz and his colleagues have calculated for the first time the cost of all aspects of the U.S. nuclear weapons program, from its inception in… Read More
  • Global Public Policy by Wolfgang Reinicke

    A stressful world

    Pundits and other policy sophisticates in Washington love to lampoon Americans who worry about preserving national sovereignty. Although there are extremists whose paranoid fantasies are absurd, we do live in a world… Read More
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