Issue Brief

In order to fund a $54B increase in FY2018 defense spending, the White House is proposing offsetting cuts in federal domestic discretionary spending that would have a severe impact on important federal R&D programs if implemented.  IEEE-USA strongly recommends sustained, balanced support for research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  IEEE-USA supports federal investments in both civilian and defense R&D, as well as policies designed to enhance the effectiveness of research expenditures, promote entrepreneurship and innovation, and help develop the skilled STEM workforce needed to ensure continued U.S. competitiveness, quality of life, and security.

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