U.S. News and World Report: Excellence Gap Hurts National Security
Lack of STEM Students Is Bad for National Security
As students make their decisions about which colleges to attend and contemplate their eventual majors and careers, it may come as a surprise that their decisions are fundamental to our national security.
The country’s defensive capabilities often depend on brains, not brawn. Development of nuclear weaponry is but one example. And the biggest contemporary threat – one that could surface at any time and on an unfathomable scale – is the likelihood of a massive cyberattack. Study after study warns that our dependence on advanced technology in almost every aspect of communication, commerce and transportation makes us highly vulnerable to the armies of hackers in countries that wish us harm.
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