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Pentagon Says STEM Education Deficit is Weakening America

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Credit: The National Interest

A Pentagon report says the United States risks losing its competitive advantage if it fails to equip its workforce with the education and skills to develop and field complex, cutting-edge emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, machine learning, and hypersonics.

The Fiscal Year 2020 Industrial Capabilities Report notes an erosion and degradation of the U.S. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education system and a severe shortage of technical talent in the U.S. workplace.

"Today's education pipeline is not providing the necessary software engineering resources to fully meet the demand from commercial and defense sectors," the report says. "The robust system of technical schools the nation once relied upon for industrial training [are] badly weakened and the existing workforce is rapidly aging out."

The U.S. likely will face a "permanent national security deficit" if it fails to modernize and adjust, the report says.

From The National Interest
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