Editor's Notes

Robert Hummel PhD

Robert Hummel, PhD

Science and technology policies are the engines that propel us to a future of peace and security. In these turbulent times, many other themes tend to drown out that notion. But that is our strong belief, and the foundation of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

In this issue, our featured article, by The Honorable Zachery Lemnios, reminds us that the vectors of nation-state competition include the economic and political domains, as well as the traditional military defense systems. Lemnios points to critical technologies, many already existing in the commercial sectors, that could assist government in confronting the multi-dimensional challenges posed by the interactions of the economic, political, and military global competition. Drawing parallels to the dual-axis great power competition at the start of the Cold War, he calls for the need for a Commission to redefine strategies for national security. The article has received notable acclaim from its advanced publication on the Potomac Institute website.

Two of the additional articles, authored by The Honorable Alan Shaffer and Senior Fellow Michael Fritze, arise from the Potomac Institute’s ongoing Global Competition Project. Shaffer discusses how the current trajectories for the refresh of military systems will “break the bank.” Fritze continues the Institute’s focus on the importance of microelectronics to economic health as well as military affairs, and contributes to the current debate over government funding to assist the United States in becoming less dependent on foreign manufacturing in this vital technology area.

The Potomac Institute consults with many government agencies that are concerned with assessing the performance of Research and Development (R&D) organizations. Senior Fellow Jim Richardson draws on his decades of experience helping R&D organizations assess performance to improve their productivity, providing sage advice and a procedure to define “metrics” that may be used by the leadership of such organizations.
This issue also includes a pair of “short papers.” No less important, these contributions are intended as entrées into areas of current debate and foreshadow larger discussions in the future.

We hope this collection of articles offers the chance to reflect on some of the causes and ramifications of the turbulent times the world is experiencing, while inspiring readers to take hold of the opportunities to implement change.


We welcome articles, short articles, and other contributions for future editions. Instructions can be found at:


Dr. Robert (Bob) Hummel
Editor-in-Chief, STEPS
Chief Scientist, Potomac Institute
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