Philosophical windfall


  • Anonymous


In the first national science policy statement in 15 years, the White House trumpeted that it plans to increase science and technology spending by 15% to bring the United States in step with spending levels of Japan and Germany, or at about 3% of the gross domestic product. However, the administration didn't hand out any specific time frame or plan for doing so. At any rate, the news may allay some fears in the science community that science might get the short end of the so-called peacetime windfall from the end of the Cold War, which by many accounts was the driving force behind federal support of research for the last 50 years.