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CHAPTER 5

CONCLUSION

Rapidly changing infrastructure technology has simultaneously created a challenge and an opportunity for the U.S. S&E enterprise. The challenge is how to maintain and revitalize an academic research infrastructure that has eroded over many years due to obsolescence and chronic underinvestment. The opportunity is to build a new infrastructure that will create future research frontiers and enable a much broader segment of the S&E community. The challenge and opportunity must be addressed by an integrated strategy. As current infrastructure is replaced and upgraded, the next-generation infrastructure must be created. The young people who are trained using state-of-the-art instruments and facilities are the ones who will demand and create the new tools and make the breakthroughs that will extend the science and technology envelope. Training these young people will ensure that the U.S. maintains international leadership in the key scientific and engineering fields that are vital for a strong economy, social order, and national security.

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

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