President Reagan signed an executive order on Friday to remove obstacles to the transfer of federally developed science and technology to private business.
The order, aimed at promoting cooperation among government, private business and academia, is the latest move in Reagan's push to improve America's ability to compete internationally.
"It is important . . . to ensure that we maintain American pre-eminence in generating new knowledge and know-how in advanced technologies," Reagan said in a statement released in Los Angeles by press aides accompanying the President on his California visit.
A Vigorous Enterprise
"I believe a vigorous science and technology enterprise involving the private sector is essential to our economic and national security as we approach the 21st Century," the statement said.