WASHINGTON - Jay Cohen, who heads science and technology research at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has an $850 million research budget this year for developing what he sometimes calls "wow" technology. But his enthusiasm for the possibilities of science is tempered by his worry about whether the U.S. is producing the talent needed to further the research necessary for national security.
There's "a crisis in this country," said Cohen, which he described as a "PlayStation generation" of students who want immediate gratification and avoid math and science because it's too hard.
That was just one of the points that Cohen, a former U.S. Navy admiral who is now undersecretary for the science and technology directorate at DHS, made at a conference today held by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. The event was attended by many of the technology firms that develop systems used in homeland security.