Last November`s elections were good for congressional Republicans, but the end result for federal technology programs could be grim. The Clinton swing toward proactive industrial policy, as evidenced by the burgeoning $431 million Advanced Technology Program (ATP) and the $445 million Technology Reinvestment Project (TRP), could be in jeopardy. The Republican "Contract with America" targets the AT¥for funding cuts, and few on Capitol Hill think the TR¥will be safe from conservatives who view the program as a civilian drain on defense dollars. However, one bright spot for lasers could be a rejuvenated national missile defense program. The Reaganera "Star Wars" project is mentioned as a priority in the Contract with America as part of an overall defensespending boost.
Amoco Laser changes name to ATx Telecom Systems