ATSE welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the 2022 review of the List of Critical Technologies in the National Interest (“the List”). We make the following recommendations for amendments to the 2022 List:
Recommendation 1: Allow technologies to be assigned to multiple categories.
Recommendation 2: Split Advanced Materials and Manufacturing into two separate categories.
Recommendation 3: Create a new category for Critical Minerals Extraction and Processing.
Recommendation 4: Include ‘organ-on-a-chip’ technologies in the category of Biotechnology, Gene Technology, and Vaccines.
Recommendation 5: Include ‘medical device manufacture’ as a technology in the category of Biotechnology, Gene Technology, and Vaccines.
Recommendation 6: Amend the critical technology ‘quantum computing’ to include healthcare as an application.
Recommendation 7: Add a technology ‘digital twinning’ under the category of AI, Computing and Communications.
Recommendation 8: Include ‘warm sea aquaculture’ as a technology under Biotechnology, Gene Technology, and Vaccines.
Recommendation 9: Add ‘carbon capture and storage’ as a technology under Energy and Environment.
Recommendation 10: Create a critical technology profile on nuclear energy and nuclear waste management, with regulation, submarines, and skills requirements being key issues to include.
Recommendation 11: Create a critical technology profile on quantum computing.