Administration highlights systems R&D work in report to Congress

Administration highlights systems R&D work in report to Congress

The White House yesterday released a report detailing progress and future plans for the administration's Networking and Information Technology R&D program.

The administration sent the study, Strengthening National, Homeland and Economic Security, to Congress as a supplement to President Bush's fiscal 2003 budget request. Bush requested $1.8 billion for NITRD in 2003, a $59 million increase over 2002.

The report outlines the role federal R&D played in the cleanup and recovery efforts that followed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Some examples: Small robotic vehicles with infrared sensors searched the wreckage; NASA deployed advanced remote-sensing capabilities; and Defense Department expanded its use of the Global Positioning System. It also summarizes other work related to homeland security.

For 2003, NITRD will focus on seven IT research challenges:
  • Cost-effective, high-end computing to provide data storage and computing power for intelligence analysis and other critical scientific research

  • Large-scale data mining and information management technologies
  • Advanced cryptography and authentication technologies

  • New methods to achieve security, attack-resistance and self-healing in high-speed wireless and wired devices

  • Embedded, networked sensor technologies

  • High-assurance software for mission-critical systems

  • Improved interfaces for and interoperability of IT devices.

  • The program also will continue supporting advanced and specialized IT training at colleges and universities, the administration said. NITRD offers fellowships for graduate students and provides research funding for postdoctoral students.

    The NITRD program has 12 participating agencies, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Energy Department''s Office of Science, NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation.

    The Office of Science and Technology Policy within the White House oversees the National Science and Technology Council, which wrote the report. Bush is the chairman of the council and some of the other members are the vice president and the cabinet secretaries.

    To see a copy of the report, visit


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