DRAFT 2010 Strategic Plan
This five-year strategic plan for the Federal government’s Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program responds to recommendations of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). In Leadership Under Challenge: Information Technology R&D in a Competitive World, its August 2007 assessment of the NITRD Program, the PCAST recommended that NITRD “develop, maintain, and implement a cohesive strategic plan” that includes “a comprehensive technology vision and strategy that identify the next generation and future generations of important networking and information technology challenges and describe how to meet those challenges.”
The NITRD plan presents an overarching vision for the digital world in the 21st century – a world in which “high-speed networks, systems, software, devices, data, and applications are fully secure, safe, reliable, multimodal, and easy to use.” In the envisioned future, next-generation IT infrastructure and capabilities will enable continued U.S. leadership in economic innovation and scientific discovery (e.g., alternative energy sources, technologies, and supply systems; personalized bio-genetic medicine; space exploration); national security (e.g., a secure cyberspace; reduced risk of “hot” war); national defense (e.g., dynamic battlefield communications); and education and quality of life (e.g., universal learning technologies and access to information; virtual environments for collaborative work and social interaction; intelligent systems for independent living; life-saving transportation systems; transparent government).
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