National Technology Strategy

Critical technologies, supply chains, and infrastructure

Moonshot vision

To create the intellectual foundations, data, and analytic tools to support the government in designing critical technology, supply chain, and infrastructure strategies that realize win-wins across its multiple objectives (national security, economic prosperity—including jobs, and social welfare—including health, environment, and equity), beyond profitability/growth.


Task 1: Develop real-time situational awareness of domestic and international technology and production capabilities

Task 2: Identify innovations that transform the geopolitical landscape

Task 3: Propose policy packages and institutional reform for strategic coordinated action

  • Define critical technologies
  • Develop metrics for national objectives (security, prosperity, social welfare) against which critical technologies should be judged
  • Develop tools to provide transparency on trade-offs and win-wins for different technology choices as well as the costs/benefits of global (de-)coupling
  • Propose packages of policies and institutional innovations that support strategic action that cuts across individual agency missions

Why Carnegie Mellon University?

Our faculty team, which spans the College of Engineering, School of Computer Science, and Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, combines globally-recognized domain experts who are defining the technology frontier in key critical technologies, with experts pushing the frontier of technologies that allow algorithms to actively learn and parse and process unstructured text, and with experts at the intersection of trade, innovation, energy, and policy. Leveraging our interdisciplinary expertise and skills in a way that is truly Carnegie Mellon, our team is pushing innovations at the intersection of hardware, software, and policy to change the possibility frontier for our nation, citizens, and society.

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Initial focus: three critical technologies

three critical technologies

For more information about the National Technology Strategy moonshot, please contact Erica Fuchs at