Paying for secrets: national security versus tech innovation

Via Ars Technica: "In a nutshell, a significant portion of the federal funds that once went to universities for the promotion of basic science and engineering research are now headed into the "black"-i.e., into kinds of classified projects that the Pentagon hopes will give America an edge in the fight against terrorism. Not only are these strictly near-term and results-oriented projects the opposite of the fundamental research that computing desperately needs at this pivotal point in the history of the hardware/software relationship, but the fruits of these costly, secret labors will never make it into the public domain. And therein lies a challenge not just to US economic competitiveness but to national security, as well."

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