WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) this afternoon warned that, “unless something is done today, our military’s technological leadership will be in jeopardy in the not so distant future.”Ê Boehlert cited a National Research Council report requested by Congress and published last July, stating, “Air Force investment in science and technology fell 46 percent in real terms from FY 1989 to FY 2001.”

Chairman Boehlert was the keynote speaker at AFOSR at 50: Creating Revolutionary Scientific Breakthroughs for the Warfighters, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. He joined General Lester Lyles, Commander of the Air Force Materiel Command and Major General Paul Neilsen, Commander of the Air Force Research at the event. Below, is the full text of Boehlert’s address:

“I’m very honored to have the chance to speak with you today to celebrate two of my most important priorities:Ê federal investments in research and education, and an important institution in my home district of upstate New York, the United States Air Force Research Laboratory.-Information Directorate under the fine leadership of Ray Urtz.