Public Support for Science and Technology
The Science and Technology Centers (SHT), part of the Air Force Academy, offers a wide range of science and technology education opportunities. The science and technology center (SHT) provide an integral part in military and public science and technology initiatives and in the process develops leadership for these important endeavors. The science and technology centers to support innovative, comprehensive, complex and interdisciplinary research and educational programs that take advantage of the nation’s large and diverse science and technology community. They also coordinate the dissemination of information about the advances in science and technology to the public. The science and technology centers help make science and technology accessible to the whole population through professional development, outreach activities, and summer camps. The science and technology centers are located across the United States and in Canada.
The Science and Technology Transfer and Development (STD) Program support high impact, long lasting and critical projects that build upon current and growing scientific and technological strengths and develop necessary technologies for the United States economy. The Science and Technology Reinvention Act of 2021 (STAR) is the primary federal science and technology investment initiative. The STAR program emphasizes research, development, and deployment of technologies in the United States that will fuel economic growth, create jobs, and enhance the nation’s security.
The STTR Program encourages the development and enhancement of the nation’s scientific knowledge and technological capacity. The program is administered by the Office of Technology and Innovation in the office of the Secretary of Defense. The STTR program coordinates across all agencies of the U.S. government and contributes to the national goals. The science and technology Transfer program to ensure the funding and technology exchange to all sectors of the science and technology industry, promoting the increase of American engagement in the international science and technology field.
The Social Development and Social Assistance (SDSA) Program is a science and technology transfer program focused on implementing strategies to promote the economic prosperity, societal development, health and other benefits of higher technology. The program promotes coordination among federal agencies for the nation’s social welfare. Federal science and technology transfer programs to support the nation’s social welfare, culture, education and science activities. The Social Development Act of 1994 (SDCPA) authorizes federal science and technology programs and promotes economic and social development through grants and other programs. The objectives of the SDCPA are to promote scientific excellence, technological innovation, and professionalism; provide support for social justice; provide support for the scientific, technological, economic, cultural, and educational missions and objectives of the United States; encourage research and development aimed at advances in the Nation’s future; prevent and reduce poverty, disease, disability, and social problems; ensure quality employment and adequate housing; institute policies to protect American workers and their families; and promote safe and affordable spaces for children.
The Science and Technology reinvention program consolidates and extends the federal science and technology activities focusing on basic research, advanced technology development, and applied research. This program supports fundamental research in areas vital to the Nation’s security and prosperity such as energy, clean energy, information technology, and the physical sciences. It also supports basic research in the natural and social sciences to enhance the Nation’s knowledge and technology. In addition, it ensures America’s leadership position in key sectors of science and technology.
Another important facet of the Science and Technology reinvention Program is the establishment of a National Space Society. The society would combine social construction and science efforts to make space science and technology studies relevant to societal issues. The society would facilitate dialogue and participation of individuals from a variety of fields including policy makers, entrepreneurs, educators, nonprofit organizations, and the public in order to build the body of science and technology knowledge needed for social responsibility and investment. These social constructivists seek to expand the frontiers of scientific knowledge for the improvement of society. The society would also work on the formulation of realistic science and technology goals and missions for the betterment of the Nation.
With the National Space Society, the United States will forge an unparalleled partnership for the betterment of our society. This organization would provide a venue for scientists, politicians, space flight enthusiasts, educators, researchers, and others in order to network, form consensuses, and pursue ambitious endeavors in the space science and technology arena. For the nation, such collaboration would create jobs, improve public understanding of science and technology, and foster the training of tomorrow’s greatest minds. Such a feat could not be realized without the help and investment of the American people, and the generous gifts provided by philanthropic organizations such as the National Space Society.
Science and technology studies are important to the Nation. The advances made in this field have resulted in the discovery of new worlds and starships that took man closer to the moon and brought them back to the planet. Other advances in science and technology have enabled humans to live and work far more comfortably in outer space than has ever before been possible. As more technology is developed to address even more pressing questions, the importance of these pursuits will become increasingly clear. It is time for the Nation to once again commit itself to the pursuit of its scientific and technological goals.