Science Is the Key to Growth

Science Is the Key to Growth Expanding the American economy is the central concern of the 2012 presidential race. Yet, the cuts in education and research & development budgets discussed in the race would do the opposite, diminishing investments that will lead to a more prosperous future. Research conducted at universities and national labs underpins Read more about Science Is the Key to Growth[…]

Lean, Mean, and Clean II: Assessing DOD Investments in Clean Energy Innovation

Lean, Mean, and Clean II: Assessing DOD Investments in Clean Energy Innovation No other organization in the federal government uses as much energy as the Department of Defense. From running fuel convoys to building base infrastructure to deciding how to power everything from warships to wearable electronics, the DOD knows a forward-thinking energy strategy is Read more about Lean, Mean, and Clean II: Assessing DOD Investments in Clean Energy Innovation[…]

The Seeds that Federal Money Can Plant

The Seeds that Federal Money Can Plant Duolingo, an online translation search engine that will soon be a tool for anyone learning a new language, recently received over $15 million in venture capital.  Duolingo began as a university research project funded primarily by the National Science Foundation. The story of Duolingo and its creator Luis Read more about The Seeds that Federal Money Can Plant[…]

Decades of Federal Dollars Helped Fuel Gas Boom

Decades of Federal Dollars Helped Fuel Gas Boom The current boom in natural gas came from innovations in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and has lately been described as a “free market success story.” Ask the players who were involved in fracking since the early days of the 1970s and 1980s, though, and you’ll hear a Read more about Decades of Federal Dollars Helped Fuel Gas Boom[…]

A Call for a Second Industrial Revolution

A Call for a Second Industrial Revolution The first Industrial Revolution sparked a movement of technological advances that dramatically changed – and improved – the global way of life. But as people worldwide use and abuse these modern conveniences, we must consider the long term impact of our actions and our ability to sustain these Read more about A Call for a Second Industrial Revolution[…]

America in the Global R&D Race

Is America falling behind in the global R&D race? Research and Development (R&D) has traditionally included federal investment, but as budgets are scaled back and appropriating becomes more conservative in Washington, an increasing amount of America’s R&D is coming from private firms. In a recent issue, The Economist looked at the changing R&D atmosphere and Read more about America in the Global R&D Race[…]

AEIC’s Norman Augustine Testifies Before Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on the role of government in energy innovation to discuss the American Energy Innovation Council’s (AEIC) latest report, Catalyzing American Ingenuity: The Role of Government in Energy Innovation. Witnesses included AEIC Principal Norman Augustine, former Lockheed Martin CEO and former undersecretary of the Army. An Read more about AEIC’s Norman Augustine Testifies Before Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources[…]

ARPA-E Funding Bills Leave Committee

Last week, the full Senate and House Appropriations committees approved FY13 Energy and Water appropriations bills. The Senate’s bill provides $312M for ARPA-E, an increase of 13% over its FY12 budget of $275M, while the House bill cuts ARPA-E funding by 27% to $200M. The American Energy Innovation Council today applauded House and Senate appropriators Read more about ARPA-E Funding Bills Leave Committee[…]