The recently proposed Endless Frontier Act (S.3832) seeks to revitalize America’s global leadership in technological innovation. The act correctly recognizes that the nation’s capability in science, technology, and innovation is a tremendous resource, one that is spread across many institutions spanning academia, government, and the private sector. But it fails to move decisively past a flawed linear model of innovation—one embodied in policy yet outmoded and unequal to the challenges facing the nation. It is time to revisit some basic assumptions to help pave the path forward.
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