SIA Blog

White House Budget Contains DoD Investments Poised to Strengthen Semiconductor Research

Posted by John Neuffer, President & CEO on May 23, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Semiconductors, the brains of modern electronics, are integral to America’s economic, technological, and military infrastructure. Funding increases for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and other Defense Department agencies outlined in the White House budget proposal unveiled today would strengthen long-range semiconductor research, enhance the U.S. semiconductor industry’s positive impacts on our country, and bolster national security. SIA applauds these research investments and looks forward to working with Congress and the Administration to ensure their enactment. 

We are disappointed, however, in proposed cuts to other critical research agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. We encourage the Administration and Congress to prioritize research investments at these agencies, which have spurred tremendous growth and innovation in our industry and throughout the U.S. economy.

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Topics: research, budget