Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (8th District of Illinois)
November 17, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced two bills to expand the capacity of the American intelligence community through the use of microelectronics and geospatial data. The bipartisan Seeding Enterprises in the Microelectronics Industry (SEMI) Act, which Congressman Krishnamoorthi introduced with Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), would provide $15 million to the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to be distributed in seed funds, for the development and advancement of microelectronics and computing technologies. The Geospatial Partnership for Security (GPS) Act would increases funding for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to improve its access to commercial geospatial intelligence data and services.
“I am proud to introduce these two bills to help strengthen our intelligence community and to ensure our nation is equipped with the state-of-the-art technologies upon which our security depends,” said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. “At a time when our adversaries are using every tool at their disposal to take advantage of any gaps in our intelligence systems, it is critical we remain vigilant in developing and adopting the latest technologies. By providing funding for the implementation and use of microelectronics and commercial geospatial intelligence data, my bills would help maintain the preeminence of our intelligence community.”