Technology Lag in America

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Concern over Status of U.S. Technology

Fear of Slippage in U.S. Superiority; Nixon Plan

American leadership in science and technology has been accepted almost without question since World War II. Salk vaccine, the digital computer and the moon landings are proof of the scope and vitality of research and development in the United States. Yet the argument is growing that the U.S. leadership is slipping away, jeopardizing American trade and prestige abroad. There is now a broadly based effort, centered in the White House, to revitalize the research establishment. President Nixon has promised to recommend “new tax proposals for stimulating research and development of new industries and technologies” this month, possibly in his State of the Union address to Congress. The President stressed the need for ...

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