Hypersonics and Directed Energy are Critical emerging Technologies

WASHINGTON — The White House has added five new technology areas to its list of critical and emerging technologies — including hypersonic capabilities, directed energy, renewable energy generation and storage, nuclear energy, and financial technology.

The list of critical and emerging technologies, or CETs, was released Tuesday by the National Security Council and the National Science and Technology Council’s Fast Track Action Subcommittee on Critical and Emerging Technologies.

It also comes just days after top Pentagon leaders convened a meeting with defense industry executives to discuss the importance of moving quickly to field hypersonic technology.

The CET list is not meant to be a strategy but will inform a future strategy for U.S. technological competitiveness and national security, the report notes. It also serves as a resource to “promote U.S. technological leadership” and for cooperation with international allies.

Along with the additions to the list, the White House update eliminates several technologies included in the Trump administration’s 2020 National Critical and Emerging Tech Strategy.

Those deletions include Advanced conventional weapons technology; agricultural technology; chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear mitigation technologies, and distributed ledger technologies.