Tagged: Science Funding

The Senate Appropriations committee approved the bipartisan Defense Bill. (Credit: Greg Bishop/Flickr)

Senate Committee Supports Ships And Bipartisanship

Following eight public hearings and one closed hearing, the Senate Appropriations committee approved the bipartisan Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017, S.3000, after the Subcommittee on Defense completed its markup earlier in the week.

President Barack Obama (Credit: Pete Souza)

Republicans Say ‘Nope’ To NOP (National Ocean Policy)

In 2010, President Obama released Executive Order 13547, Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes, commonly referred to as the National Ocean Policy (NOP). It is designed to protect, maintain, and restore the health of ecosystems and resources of the oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes; to enhance the sustainability of ocean and coastal economies; to preserve maritime heritage; to support sustainable uses and access; and to coordinate with our national security and foreign policy interests.

Votes advance key legislation. (Credit: Defense.gov)

House Committee Approves Defense Spending Bill

The House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year (FY) 2017 bill by voice vote this week to fund the Department of Defense. The legislation funds critical national security needs, including military operations and readiness programs, as well as research and development.

BOEM denied six pending permits for seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean. (Credit: International Association of Geophysical Contractors)

Geosciences Are Critical To All Aspects Of Offshore Energy

From the assessment of sediment characteristics used to identify where to drill for oil to the seismic surveys required to safely anchor a wind turbine, when it comes to finding and securing energy in an offshore environment, geosciences are of the utmost importance.

Senator Ed Markey (MA) (Credit: Wikimedia)

America COMPETES To Win In The Science Race

The U.S. was once unequivocally the top nation in science and a global destination for burgeoning technologies. While the U.S. is still the largest investor in public and private research and development, contributing 27 percent of global research and development investment, China is increasing their support and is catching up (currently at 20 percent), with other countries, such as India and Japan, following suit. Congress wants the U.S. to control the top of the science podium, and they are seeking expert recommendations for how to achieve this goal. Witnesses from government, academia, and industry answered the call by bringing forth concrete suggestions for how government can- and should- support the scientific community.