The House Intelligence Committee is holding a hearing on Tuesday on the subject of microelectronics and national security. The witnesses will be Center for Security and Emerging Technology research analyst Will Hunt, Semiconductor Industry Association government relations head David Isaacs, and former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Lisa Porter. The Defense Department undertook a significant surge in microelectronics R&D during Porter’s time there, and before that she served as head of laboratory programs for In-Q-Tel, a nonprofit venture capital firm that invests in technologies for U.S. intelligence agencies. The Senate’s U.S. Innovation and Competition Act includes $52 billion in direct funding for the semiconductor manufacturing and R&D programs authorized in the CHIPS for America Act. Parallel spending provisions have not been introduced in the House, but Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told Reuters last month that “all signals from the House have been positive that they support getting something done in a short period of time.”
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