The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program's member agencies coordinate their NITRD research activities and plans by Program Component Areas (PCAs) or program focus areas. For each PCA, agency representatives meet in an Interagency Working Group (IWG) to exchange information and collaborate on research plans and activities such as testbeds, workshops, and cooperative solicitations.
Now these two forces are converging.Inexorably, future advances in the capability of engineered systems will derive in major part from flexibility purchased by embedding “cyber” components -- components that can compute, communicate, and control -- into the physical world. The U.S. transportation system, medical technology, energy systems, and manufacturing capacity all depend on this fusion of cyber and physical engineering. At the same time, global competition in cyber-enabled systems is escalating exponentially. If the US is to continue to lead as an economic power, long-term R&D and education investments are needed. This is essential to guarantee a future in which a productive, educated, and innovative workforce and a robust industrial base can compete successfully in the global milieu. A “leap-ahead” national effort is required to assure US competitiveness for the 21st century.
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