Insight into the cause of the growing workforce deficit, for technical and scientific jobs, was illuminated at a recent event with Hunter Rawlings, President, Association of American Universities (AAU), Emily J. Holubowich, Co-Chair, NDD United and Executive Director, Coalition for Health Funding, Wes Bush, Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and Chairman, CEO and President of Northrop Grumman Corporation, Dorothy Coleman, Vice President, Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Ian Steff, Vice President, Global Policy & Technology Partnerships, Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
These individuals spoke to the impact sequestration is having on the U.S. workforce pipeline - starting in academia and spreading across all segments of the economy. Today, in demand fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are not attracting the attention they deserve because sequestration is cutting critical research and development funding.
The funding ax is so severe that America's long-term economic health, its citizen quality of life, and national security will be feeling the impacts for generations to come.
- Other attending organizations include: Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF), Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI), Texas Instruments, and UT Battelle/Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
BRIEF ISSUE BACKGROUNDER:
- The root of the multi-pronged frustration extends from one bad policy - sequestration. This policy is impacting and will continue to impact Americans for years to come if our elected officials fail to stem the unnecessarily cuts to defense and non-defense discretionary spending. Our elected officials must address the real cost drivers of our nation's debt and deficit problem and repeal sequestration.
WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY:
“America’s young technical workforce needs to see that our collective enterprise provides technically challenging projects. And they need to see the opportunity to build a stable, long term career in defense. Without a commitment to challenging projects, adequate research and development, and appropriate risk taking, not only will new science and engineering graduates avoid our industry, but current talent in our industry is at risk as well.” - Wes Bush
- "The research that is being cut so severely by the sequester affects the long-term health, quality of life, and economic and national security of these coming generations. It’s how we figure out clean forms of energy, come up with medical advances that save lives and ultimately reduce the cost of health care, develop the technologies that defend our country and make our fighting men and women safer, and advance our economy." - Hunter Rawlings
“There are real opportunity costs to federal budget cuts. They are crippling our ability to invest in our nation’s most valuable resource—our people. That’s really what brings us together here today—because sequestration is about more than numbers on a ledger. There are real people behind the numbers, and their lives and livelihoods are on the line.” - Emily Holubowich