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National Science and Technology Council, Committee on Technology, Networking and Information Technology Research and Development: Advanced Foundations for American Innovation (Supplement to the President's FY2004 Budget) (Sept. 2003) (full-text).
American imagination challenged to invent new technologies to meet vital national needs has launched and powered a digital revolution. Today, U.S. ingenuity is extending advances in computing networking, software, and information management technologies to a vast array of new applications and devices that are shaping national defense and national security capabilities driving rising economic productivity, supporting leading-edge scientific and medical research, and adding powerful new dimensions to the ways citizens work, learn, communicate, and interact with government.
The Federal agencies whose fundamental information technology (IT) research is described in this document sponsored many of the scientific breakthroughs that set the foundations for the information age). Working collaboratively in the multiagency Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program, these agencies continue to foster an unrivalled U.S. capacity for innovation — the Nation's most vital resource for national security, economic development and continuous improvements in living standards for all Americans.