Greater Washington’s ‘nextistential’ threat

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Yesterday’s technological breakthroughs are — quite literally — now sitting in the palm of your hand.

The semiconductor, GPS, Internet protocol — and even that annoying know-it-all Siri — are all in your smart phone, and they were all invented by scientists financed by national security research spending.

The indisputable link between national security spending and development of new industries can be seen in railroads, highways, aviation, telecommunications, and computer software and hardware.

Next year, the federal government plans to spend more than $140 billion on…

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