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ugh... useful research is not groundbreaking... it's iterative. And the really important basic research isn't going to look "important for national security" for 20 years. Whatever the cause, the effect is our countries government is insanely short sited and clueless.
This also sets a precedent, particularly the "political science" part for highly politically driven funding. If this goes much farther I'll be in favor of shutting down NSF entirely.