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Robotic Bipartisanism
On President Obama's State of the Union remarks, robotics innovation, and national security.
By Mark Ingebretsen


President Obama’s State of the Union remarks on America’s “Sputnik moment” emphasized energy independence as a key ingredient of the nation’s competitive renewal-a worthy point, to be sure. But if he’d mentioned robotics as another key ingredient, he would have echoed an issue raised by the conservative Heritage Foundation in a November 2009 report, Robotics and the Next Steps for National Security.

Among the talking points listed: “Without competitive robotics design and manufacture, America’s economy and defense will be in the hands of other countries that have spent the early 21st century developing…

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