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Emerging Areas of Strategic Interest

Cybersecurity

1. Cybersecurity

Critical infrastructure, military systems, and other strategically important national security systems are becoming increasingly dependent on vulnerable networked computer systems. Protecting these systems against growing cyber threats is one of the great challenges of the 21st century.

This area aligns with "Global Challenges" in [LEADS]
This area aligns with the [DHS] Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2020-2024
This area aligns with [DoD] “Digital Modernization Strategy
This area aligns with [DoD] Army Futures Command priority
This area works toward meeting the challenge in [NAE]: "Secure Cyberspace
This area aligns with White House [OSTP] memo: “Fiscal Year 2021 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities

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Health Informatics

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2. Health Informatics

Healthcare Informatics is defined as “the integration of healthcare sciences, computer science, information science, and cognitive science to assist in the management of healthcare information” (Saba & McCormick, 2015, p. 232). [HIMSS]

This area aligns with "Global Challengesin [LEADS]
This area aligns with Borderland Health” in [LEADS]
This area aligns with Telehealth as a priority topic area for [HRSA]
This area works toward meeting the challenge in [NAE]: "Engineer better medicines, "Advance health informatics,  
This area aligns with [NIBIBfocus
This area aligns with [NIH] Strategic Plan for Data Science

Quantum Information Science

3. Quantum Information Science

Quantum Information Science (QIS) is an emerging field with the potential to cause revolutionary advances in fields of science and engineering involving computation, communication, precision measurement, and fundamental quantum science.

This area works toward meeting the challenge in [NAE]: "Engineer the tools for scientific discovery"
This area aligns with [DoD]: “Modernization Priority"
This area aligns with [DoE]: "Quantum Information Science"
This area aligns with NSF’s 10 Big Ideas [NSF]: "The Quantum Leap"
This area aligns with White House [OSTP] memo: “Fiscal Year 2021 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities 

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Space Commercialization

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4. Space Commercialization

Commercial use of space is the provision of goods or services of commercial value by using equipment sent into Earth orbit or outer space. Examples of the commercial use of space include satellite navigation, satellite television and commercial satellite imagery.

This area aligns with Space Grant mission in LEADS 2025
This area aligns with [DoD]: “Modernization Priority"
This area aligns with [NASA] "Economical Space Access"
This area aligns with [NASA] “Plan for Sustained Lunar Exploration and Development"
This area aligns with [NASA] “technology taxonomy
This area aligns with White House [OSTP] memo: “Fiscal Year 2021 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities 

References 

[DHS] Department of Homeland Security, “The DHS Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2020-2024,” https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/19_0702_plcy_dhs-strategic-plan-fy20-24.pdf  

[DoE] Department of Energy, "Science Initiatives of Special Priority,” https://www.energy.gov/science/initiatives 

[DoD], Department of Defense, Army Future Command, https://www.army.mil/futures  

[DoD], Department of Defense, “Digital Modernization Strategy,” https://media.defense.gov/2019/Jul/12/2002156622/-1/-1/1/DOD-DIGITAL-MODERNIZATION-STRATEGY-2019.PDF  

DoD], Department of Defense, “Modernization Priority,” https://www.cto.mil/modernization-priorities/  

[HIMSS], Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, https://www.himss.org/resources/healthcare-informatics  

[HRSA], Health Resources and Services Administration, “Telehealth,” https://www.hrsa.gov/library/telehealth  

[LEADS] New Mexico State University, "LEADS 2025: Strategic Plan,” https://www-1888.nmsu.edu/LEADS/ 

[NAE] The National Academy of Engineering, "Grand Challenges for Engineering,” http://www.engineeringchallenges.org 

NASA] National Aeronautics and Space Administration, “NASA’s Plan for Sustained Lunar Exploration and Development,” https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/a_sustained_lunar_presence_nspc_report4220final.pdf  

[NASA] National Aeronautics and Space Administration, “2020 NASA Technology Taxonomy,” https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/2020_nasa_technology_taxonomy_lowres.pdf  

[NASA] National Aeronautics and Space Administration, "Space Technology Grand Challenges,” https://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/strategic_integration/grand_challenges_detail.html 

[NIBIB] National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, https://www.nibib.nih.gov/research-funding/division-health-informatics-technologies-dhit 

[NIH] National Institute of Health, “Strategic Plan for Data Science,” https://datascience.nih.gov/strategicplan  

[NINR] National Institute of Nursing Research, https://www.ninr.nih.gov/researchandfunding/datascience  

[NSF] National Science Foundation, "10 Big Ideas,” https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/index.jsp 

[NSF] National Science Foundation, "Quantum Information Science,”  https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2000/nsf00101/nsf00101.htm  

[OSTP] Office of Science and Technology Policy, “Fiscal Year 2021 Administration Research and Development Budget Priorities”, https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/FY-21-RD-Budget-Priorities.pdf 

[Wikipedia]   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commercial_use_of_space