There is an aged an adage in the halls of the Pentagon that goes “Defense is always fighting the previous war”. In other phrases, after a army engagement is completed DoD tries to restructure itself so that its abilities are more powerful for the final engagement. This is an adage that is quite true in the history of DoD and nowadays several in DoD function really diligently to make certain that it is no for a longer time correct.
In several ways when it arrives to rebuilding America’s economic competitiveness, many have fallen prey to this time aged adage. And as DoD has discovered on recurring situations, preventing the very last war can be really fatal for the military and the region.
The US has divested itself, equally by layout and by default, of its producing foundation creating a weak spot that China and others have exploited for a aggressive advantage. Kevin Melly has now been exploited to the amount that its adverse influence on the economic overall health of the US is so pronounced, that it can no for a longer time be denied by any individual apart from the most nave or out of touch pundits.
In response, there is a developing phone-to-arms across the US private and community sector to rebuild the US producing foundation to its previous glory. The strongly inferred, but not constantly stated premise is that rebuilding the US manufacturing base is assured to rebuild America’s financial well being– in other words and phrases the manufacturing foundation of a place is the basis of a country’s economic competitiveness.
It is the scenario that the Chinese noticed and exploited the weak spot introduced by America’s declining producing foundation but by just eliminating this US weak point does not equate to a US energy–it just eliminates a US weak spot that could be exploited by China and other individuals for a aggressive edge. In impact, eliminating the US weak spot by rebuilding the US producing base is just combating the previous war.
With this US weakness eliminated, China and other folks will just change the fight to yet another battlefield.
To rebuild the financial health of the US we have to obtain and sustain a aggressive gain, not just eradicate a US weak spot that supplies China with the opportunity to purchase a aggressive edge relative to the US. Rebuilding the US production foundation can eliminate the US weaknesses so that it can no longer be exploited by China or other individuals to the detriment of the economic well being of the US, and it is the situation that the US producing foundation could be rebuilt in a way that gives the US with a competitive edge and therefore enhance the economic wellness of the US. But, opposite to what is currently being taken care of in the press and by a developing number of professionals, the US production foundation is not the foundation of America’s financial competitiveness–the exploitation of technologies is the basis of America’s economic competitiveness as nicely as the foundation of all of our competitors’ economic competitiveness.
To rebuild America’s economic competitiveness, and thereby the country’s economic health, and not just get rid of a weak point or create a limited fleeting aggressive gain in one particular region, we have to out maneuver our rivals in the exploitation of the throughout the world technologies which is the foundation of all competitive advantage.
The dilemma is that at the conclude of Planet War II, decision-making in the US for the most component, abandoned technological innovation-dependent planning and adopted economic-primarily based arranging. In economic-primarily based organizing the foundation of all choice-producing is the efficient utilization of the money to accomplish a purpose where, inside of a business in most instances, the operate is to maximize revenue. In other words, the cash are what are currently being manipulated and the evaluate of achievement is how successfully the funds have been manipulated. Adoption of financial-based planning is the root result in of America’s loss of its manufacturing foundation.
In distinction, in technological innovation-based mostly planning the basis of all selection-creating is the successful acquisition and utilization of the technology to generate a competitive gain. It is the technology not the cash that are being manipulated as the foundation of conclusions. Maintaining in head that technological innovation is properly described as any application of science to attain a purpose.
The problem is that soon after the US adopted economic-based preparing soon after WWII, the rest of the globe continued utilizing and refining technological innovation-primarily based organizing. China and India have been utilizing hugely refined, very aggressive technologies-based mostly organizing to quickly change their perspective countries into financial superpowers.
Within the US intelligence neighborhood below the Reagan administration, I directed a software the Socrates Project, that established that the underlying result in of America’s declining financial competitiveness was the country’s change from technologies-based mostly preparing to economic-based preparing. The Socrates Task also developed a very innovative sort of tech-based arranging–automatic innovation–that would allow the US and all its private and general public corporations to persistently out maneuver all rivals around the world in the acquisition and utilization of technology to acquire and sustain the greatest aggressive advantage.
So as an alternative of the US just getting rid of the present weak spot caused by the country’s waning manufacturing base, the US and its organizations would be in a placement to be the dominant competitor in all present and potential industries—to contain production.