Jon White – From the President’s Office: 05-14-2018

2018-05-15T08:53:16+00:00 May 15, 2018|

Amidst all the headlines emanating from D.C. last week, here’s one I wish you would have seen – “Congress’ Blue Tech Hearing Charts Innovative Future for Coast Guard.” I had the honor of testifying last week before the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. I was in good company, providing expertise on how blue technologies can improve the Coast Guard’s efficiency and mission performance alongside three COL members – Dr. Eric Terrill (Scripps), Thomas Chance (Autonomous Surface Vehicles, LLC), and Dr. Tuba Ozkan-Haller (Oregon State University). There were three take-home messages from my testimony: Ocean knowledge enables the Coast Guard to achieve its missions by enhancing maritime domain awareness; blue tech is vital to understanding the ocean; and blue tech capabilities rely on a workforce educated and trained in ocean science, technology, engineering, and math (O-STEM). During questions, I was happy to address the importance of partnerships (specifically highlighting the National Oceanographic Partnership Program and CENOTE) as well as the role of the NOSB in creating an ocean-literate workforce. It was also good to hear another of COL’s members – Liquid Robotics – referenced several times by Chairman Duncan Hunter while talking about their wave gliders. You can read more about the hearing here.

Also last week, the House released their Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill, which funds NSF, NOAA, and NASA. The full details of the bill, which includes $8.2 billion for NSF ($408 million more than in FY 2018), $5.2 billion for NOAA ($751 million below FY 2018), and $21.5 billion for NASA ($810 million above FY 2018), will not be available until the full committee markup. You can find more information here, and we’ll keep you informed on details when they’re available.

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