Planning for the 2020 Decadal Survey An Astrophysics Division White Paper

The next Decadal Survey in Astronomy and Astrophysics will be conducted by the National Research Council (NRC) in response to a charge set by NASA and NSF, and possibly DOE. Nominally this survey will be carried out in the years 2018-2020.

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North Somerset Council

North Somerset covers an area of 145 square miles on the coast of the south west of England.It is served by two parliamentary constituencies, North Somerset and Weston-super-Mare and is part of the West of England sub-region, which also includes the unitary authorities of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, and South Gloucestershire.

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Securing the Internet of Things for the US Public Sector

whitePaper | November 26, 2019

The adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies by public sector entities can result in many benefits: increased public safety with video surveillance or street lights, traffic management systems to control vehicle flow, and enhanced medical experience with connected infusion pumps and monitoring systems that communicate with patient records systems. Providing these and other new capabilities, all while increasing employee productivity, is one of the key reasons we are seeing an explosion of IoT deployment in the public sector.

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Reforming US Trade Policy for Shared Prosperity and the Planet

whitePaper | November 15, 2019

Trade was not such a controversial topic not so long ago. For most of the post-war era trade worked well for the US and for many other countries. A bipartisan consensus supported continuing trade liberalization as long as it was accompanied by full employment. However trade always had winners and losers as economies adjust to different costs of production among trading partners and over the last few decades the number of US workers losing from trade mounted and the losses spread across hard hit communities. For these and other reasons, trade has become so controversial that it is now a key pivot point in politics and elections in the US.

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THE FUTURE OF AI REGULATION: THE GOVERNMENT AS REGULATOR AND RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT PARTICIPANT

whitePaper | March 3, 2020

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems have raised concerns in the public—some speculative and some based in contemporary experience. Some of these concerns overlap with concerns about privacy of data, some relate to the effectiveness of AI systems and some relate to the possibility of the misapplication of the technology. At the same time, the development of AI technology is seen as a matter of national priority, and fears of losing the “AI technology race” fuel national efforts to support its development.

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Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2021

whitePaper | November 3, 2021

The Department of Defense (DoD) annual report to Congress on military and security developments involving the People’s Republic of China (PRC) provides a baseline assessment of the Department’s pacing challenge. The PRC has long viewed the United States as a competitor and has characterized its view of strategic competition in terms of a rivalry among powerful nation states, as well as a clash of opposing systems. As expressed in the Interim National Security Strategic Guidance, the PRC is the only competitor capable of combining its economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to mount a sustained challenge to a stable and open international system. The PRC is increasingly clear in its ambitions and intentions.

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Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century Organization Design Principles and Recommendations

whitePaper | January 21, 2020

When America’s Founders wrote the Constitution, they laid out a clear vision for the United States Government: to establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty. Moreover, they established Executive Branch organizations and structures to deliver on the Federal mission in ways appropriate to America’s needs at the time. Over successive generations, our Federal Government has evolved by expanding in scope and complexity to try to meet Americans’ needs. However, the organizational structures that underpin the Executive Branch have not always kept pace.

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FEDERAL HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK

whitePaper | March 25, 2020

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) is the principal means by which the Executive Branch coordinates science and technology policy across the diverse entities that make up the Federal research and development enterprise. A primary objective of the NSTC is to ensure that science and technology policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President’s stated goals. The NSTC prepares research and development strategies that are coordinated across Federal agencies aimed at accomplishing multiple national goals.

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North Somerset Council

North Somerset covers an area of 145 square miles on the coast of the south west of England.It is served by two parliamentary constituencies, North Somerset and Weston-super-Mare and is part of the West of England sub-region, which also includes the unitary authorities of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, and South Gloucestershire.

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