White House Unveils Updated Critical and Emerging Tech List

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The White House has issued an updated list of critical and emerging technologies that are important to U.S. national security.

The Office of Science and Technology Policy led a deliberative process via the National Science and Technology Council and in coordination with the National Security Council to develop the updated CET list.

Technology areas cited in the list include advanced computing, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, biotechnologies, communication and networking technologies, directed energy, hypersonics, quantum information technologies, semiconductors and electronics, financial technologies, human-machine interfaces and space technologies and systems.

According to the document, the 2021 Interim National Security Strategic Guidance has three objectives and those are safeguarding the security of U.S. citizens, expanding economic prosperity and opportunity and defending democratic values and the CETs in the updated list could help meet those objectives.

Each CET area includes a set of subfields. Under advance computing, for instance, subfields include supercomputing, edge computing, cloud computing and data storage.

Meanwhile, propulsion, aerodynamics and control, defense, materials and detection, tracking and characterization are the subfields of the hypersonics tech area.

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