Required Reading

Lewis-Burke highlights reports, memos, and briefs that may have a large influence or benefit to the educational and research industry. We encourage website visitors to review the following:

Cyberspace Solarium Commission

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission, established in the fiscal year (FY) 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), issued its final report March 11, 2020, recommending a strategy of layered cyber deterrence.  The Commission proposed 80 recommendations to:

  • Reform the U.S. Government’s Structure and Organization for Cyberspace
  • Strengthen Norms and Non-Military Tools
  • Promote National Resilience
  • Reshape the Cyber Ecosystem
  • Operationalize Cybersecurity Collaboration with the Private Sector
  • Preserve and Employ the Military Instrument of National Power

Download the full report at the Commission’s legislative recommendations here.

FY 2022 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities and Cross-Cutting Actions

The Directors of the White House Office of Management and Budget and Office of Science and Technology Policy issued their annual memo to federal departments and agencies outlining their top five R&D budget priorities for FY 2022 planning purposes.  In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated impacts, the memo included a new R&D priority aimed at American Public Health Security and Innovation to better prepare the federal S&T enterprise for health-related threats.

Read the full memo here.

Reopening U.S. Research Universities: Confronting Long-Standing Challenges and Imagining Novel Solutions

On July 21, 2020, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine and Public Policy hosted a virtual workshop, Reopening U.S. Research Universities: Confronting Long-Standing Challenges and Imagining Novel Solutions. Attracting more than 500 participants, the workshop provided an overview of the current situation facing U.S. research universities and explored key questions that the research enterprise must address to build a more effective and resilient 21st century research university. The proceedings in brief available here highlight the presentation and discussion of the workshop.