Soviet Progress vs. American Enterprise: Report of a Confidential Briefing Session Held at the Fifteenth Anniversary Meeting of the Committee for Economic Development, on November 21, 1957, in Washington D.C

Soviet Progress vs. American Enterprise: Report of a Confidential Briefing Session Held at the Fifteenth Anniversary Meeting of the Committee for Economic Development, on November 21, 1957, in Washington D.C

Soviet Progress vs. American Enterprise: Report of a Confidential Briefing Session Held at the Fifteenth Anniversary Meeting of the Committee for Economic Development, on November 21, 1957, in Washington D.C

Soviet Progress vs. American Enterprise: Report of a Confidential Briefing Session Held at the Fifteenth Anniversary Meeting of the Committee for Economic Development, on November 21, 1957, in Washington D.C

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Like all of you I am not deaf to the whir of manmade satellites in the heavens above us. It has already become a cliche to say that Sputnik will be a blessing if it awakens America. This is true--if it awakens us to the right lesson. If it awakens us to the need for more and better missiles--that will be something. But not enough to generate more confidence. If it awakens us to the hardboiled view that we need more research in the hard sciences to produce more advanced military hardware, that will also be a gain. But it will still not be the true lesson of Sputnik. The true lesson is the importance of applying systematic thought and knowledge to the solution of major national problems. The hard sciences--physics, chemistry . . .

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