Showing posts with label Competitiveness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Competitiveness. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Monday cancelled,Tuesday On

The Federal Government and all of Washington's think tanks were closed on Monday due to a snow storm. All Monday events are being rescheduled. Here are the interesting one's for Tuesday.

THE MILITARY BALANCE 2014. 3/18, 10:00-11:00am. Sponsor: International institute for Strategic Studies (IISS-US). Speakers: James Hackett, Editor, The Military Balance; Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace, IISS; Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia, IISS. 

JAPAN'S "SWING STATE" DIPLOMACY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA. 3/18, 10:30am-Noon. Sponsor: Carnegie Endowment. Speakers: Tsutomu Kikuchi, Professor of International Economy of the Asia-Pacific, Aoyama-Gakuin University; Tamotsu Fukuda, Professor, Toyo Eiwa University. Location: Carnegie Endowment, 1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW. Contact: .

FILLING THE SKILLS GAP IN MANUFACTURING: THE UNTAPPED RESOURCE. 3/18, Noon-2:00pm. Sponsor: Aspen Institute. Speakers: Karen A. Fletcher, Vice President, DuPont Engineering and Chief Engineer; Antoinette (Tonie) Leatherberry, Principal, Deloitte Consulting; Former Senator Blanche Lincoln, Founder and Principal, Lincoln Policy Group; Elizabeth Woo, Vice Presdient, Thermo Fisher Scientific Corporation; Session Moderator: Theresa A. Maldonado, Director EEC Division, National Science Foundation.
Large Conference Room.

US EVOLVING STRATEGY IN ASIA AND THE ROLE OF THE US-JAPAN ALLIANCE. 3/18, 2:30-4:30pm. Sponsor: Center for Asian Studies, American University. Speaker: Randall Schriver, President and Chief Executive Officer, Project 2049 Institute. 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Monday in Washington

ONE MILLION BONES. 6/8-10. National Mall. Large-scale social arts practice, combining education, hands-on art making, and public installation to raise awareness of ongoing genocides and mass atrocities in places like Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Burma. 1,000,000 handcrafted bones placed on the Mall to serve as a collaborative site of conscience to honor victims and survivors and as a visual petition against ongoing conflicts and a call for action.

SCALING UP: CHINESE RENEWABLE ENERGY INVESTMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES AND BEYOND. 6/10, 9:00-11:00am. Sponsor: Wilson Center, China Environmental Forum. Speakers: Hu Tao, Senior Associate, International Financial Flows and Environment Project, World Resources Institute (WRI); Yingzhen Zhao, Research Assistant, International Financial Flows and Environment Project, WRI; Todd Foley, Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Relations, American Council On Renewable Energy.

IS JAPAN "BACK"?: AN ASSESSMENT OF ABENOMICS. 6/10, Noon-1:00pm. Sponsor: Japan America Society of Washington. Speaker: Matthew P. Goodman, Simon Chair in Political Economy, CSIS.

THE PRESIDENT'S STEM CALL TO ACTION - A JOINT IMPLEMENTATION RESPONSE TO PCAST'S 'ENGAGE TO EXCEL' REPORT. 6/10, 1:30pm. Sponsor: The Business-Higher Education Forum, National STEM Undergraduate Partnership. Speakers: Navy Secretary Ray Mabus; Thomas Kalil, White House Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation; Reginald Brothers, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research; Susan Singer, Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation.

IRAN AT A CROSSROADS: THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND NUCLEAR PROGRAM. 6/10, 2:00pm. Sponsor: Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). Speakers: Dennis Ross, Co-chairman, JINSA Iran Task Force; Eric Edelman, Co-chairman, JINSA Iran Task Force; Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow, Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Mortimer Zuckerman, Editor-in-chief of U.S. News and World Report, Publisher, New York Daily News; Michael Makovsky, CEO, JINSA.

EXPLORING ECONOMIC POLICY PERCEPTIONS. 6/10, 3:00-5:00pm. Sponsor: U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC), Chamber Foundation. Speakers: Bruce Stokes, Director, Global Economic Program, Pew Research Global Attitudes Project; John Lipsky, former G20 Sherpa, First Deputy Managing Director, IMF; Kalpana Kochhar, Deputy Director, Strategy and Policy Department, IMF; Nuno Mota Pinto, Alternative Director for Portugal, World Bank; Gary Litman, Vice President, International Strategic Initiatives, USCC; John Sullivan, Managing Director, Center for International Private Enterprise; Joel Rogers, Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute, United Kingdom, Academic Drector, YouGov; Aniket Shah, Investec Asset Management, South Africa.

TYRANNY OF CONSENSUS. 6/10, 5:00-6:30pm. Sponsor: Stimson Center. Speaker: Janne Nolan, Author, Senior Fellow, Association for Diplomatic Studies.

DRONES AND THE FUTURE OF COUNTERTERRORISM IN PAKISTAN. 6/10, 5:00-6:30pm. Sponsor: Carnegie Endowment (CEIP). Speakers: Samina Ahmed, Senior Asia Adviser, International Crisis Group, Islamabad, Pakistan; Frederic Grare, Director, Senior Associate, South Asia Program, CEIP. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

This week in Washington

2/6 - 9:30am, House Science, Space and Technology Committee, Full committee hearing on "American Competitiveness: The Role of Research and Development." Witnesses: Mr. Richard Templeton, President and CEO, Texas Instruments; Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Dr. Charles Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering.

THE FUTURE OF CHINA-TAIWAN RELATIONS. 2/6, 2:30-4:00pm. Sponsor: CNAPS Brookings. Speakers: Mireya Solís, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies; Richard C. Bush III, Director, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy.

CHINA’S NEW LEADERSHIP AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE UNITED STATES. 2/7, 9:00am-4:15pm. Sponsor: U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC). Speakers: Christopher K. Johnson, Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Dr. Cheng Li, Director of Research and Senior Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution; Dr. Eswar Prasad, Senior Professor of Trade Policy, Cornell University; Nicholas Borst, Research Associate and China Program Manager, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Dr. James Mulvenon, Vice-President, Intelligence Division, Defense Group, Inc.; Roy D. Kamphausen, Senior Advisor for Political and Security Affairs, National Bureau of Asian Research; LtGen Wallace ‘Chip’ Gregson, Jr. (USMC, ret.), Senior Director, China and the Pacific, Center for the National Interest; Dr. David M. Lampton, Director of China Studies, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies; Dr. Michael Auslin, Resident Scholar and Director of Japan Studies, American Enterprise Institute.

CHINA AT THE TIPPING POINT? 2/7, Noon-2:00pm. Sponsor: International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Speakers: Andrew J. Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Columbia University; Louisa Greve, National Endowment for Democracy; Maochun Yu, U.S. Naval Academy.

SHORING UP THE U.S.-TAIWAN PARTNERSHIP. 2/8, 9:00am-2:00pm. Sponsors: Heritage Foundation and Taiwan Benevolent Association of America. Speakers: Walter Lohman, Director, Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundation; Ms. Taidi Fang, President, Taiwan Benevolent Association of America; Joanna Lei, Former Member Legislative Yuan; Rupert Hammond-Chambers, President, U.S.-Taiwan Business Council; Claude Barfield, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Matthew P. Goodman, Simon Chair in Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Derek Scissors, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation; Randy Schriver, President, Project 2049; Dean Cheng, Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundation; Stephen Yates, CEO, DC International Advisory and former Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Cheney; Vincent Wang, Professor, University of Richmond; The Honorable John Cornyn (R-TX), United States Senator.

2013 CONGRESSIONAL TRADE AGENDA. 2/8, 8:30-10:00am. Sponsor: Washington International Trade Association (WITA). Speakers: Angela Ellard, House Ways and Means Committee chief Republican trade counsel and Trade Subcommittee staff director; Jason Kearns, House Ways and Means Committee chief Democratic international trade counsel; Bruce Hirsh, Senate Finance Committee chief Democratic international trade counsel; Everett Eissenstat, Senate Finance committee chief Republican international trade counsel.

CHINA’S CENTURY? BEIJING’S ROCKY ROAD TO GREAT POWER STATUS. 2/8, 12:30-1:30pm. Sponsor: Sigur Center for Asian Studies, George Washington University. Speaker: Martin Jacques, Author of When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order

THE HISTORICAL ORIGINS OF DEMOCRACY AND AUTOCRACY IN INDIA AND CHINA. 2/11, 12:30-2:00pm. Sponsor: Center for Global Development (CGD). Speakers: Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Global Development; Arvind Subramanian, Senior Fellow and Director of the Understanding India Initiative, Center for Global Development.

MARITIME SECURITY IN EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC. 2/11, Noon-2:30pm. Sponsor: Sigur Center for Asian Studies, George Washington University, Japanese Student Union of DC, and the Organization of Asian Studies. Speakers: Professor Takeshi Sakadearun, Associate Professor of Economics, The Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University; Professor Mike Mochizuki, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, The Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, APP Board member; Professor Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, The Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University; Takamasa Ito, Shoki Oyabu, Shoko Kawata, Kyoto University Student Presenters. 

ABE’S FOREIGN POLICY: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE U.S. 2/11, Noon-1:30pm. Sponsor: Sasakwa Peace Foundation USA (SPF). Speaker: Rust Deming, Adjunct Professor of Japan Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Producing Prosperity

Video of book presentation Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance on October 3, 2012 with author Dr. Gary Pisano of Harvard Business School in Washington, DC after a day of private meetings with congressional staff, White House officials, and think tank experts arranged by Asia Policy Point.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Book Event: Producing Prosperity


Wednesday, October 3, 5:30 -7:00 PM

With Author
Gary Pisano
Harvard Business School

Purchase Book Here

Location: King and Spalding, 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC.

Co-Sponsors: The Conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing, The Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws (CSUSTL), Kearny Alliance, Asia Policy Point
Reservations Requested
Questions, (202) 822-6040
Gary Pisano, a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School since 1988, specializes in management of innovation, technology, competitive strategy, and outsourcing. He is co-author with Willy Shih, a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, of the forthcoming book, Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance (October 16). They are co-authors of the seminal Harvard Business Review articles “Restoring American Competitiveness(July 2009) and “Does America Really Need Manufacturing?

Friday, April 13, 2012

American Manufacturing - Did You Know?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Gear up or fail

This coming week in Washington is all about American competitiveness and manufacturing. The focus is on China, as opposed to Japan as it was 20 years ago.

In December 2011, the Council on Competitiveness at its
National Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit announced a National Manufacturing Strategy. The Strategy - Make: An American Manufacturing Movement  - which engaged hundreds of private and public sector leaders in two years of work and numerous dialogues across the country - maps how the United States can lead the world in 21st century, advanced manufacturing that will be at the heart of the nation's long-term productivity and prosperity.

On March 9th, President Obama announced a new proposal for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, to build a network of up to fifteen Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation around the country, serving as regional hubs of manufacturing excellence that will help to make manufacturers more competitive and encourage investment in the United States. The President’s Budget proposes a $1 billion investment to create this new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.

The opening for this week, was on the 21st with the release by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) of WORSE THAN THE GREAT DEPRESSION: WHAT EXPERTS ARE MISSING ABOUT MANUFACTURING'S DECLINE.

REPORT LAUNCH: EMERGING GLOBAL TRENDS IN ADVANCED MANUFACTURING. 3/26, 4:00-5:30pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Woodrow Wilson Center, Program on America and the Global Economy. Speakers: Sallie Keller, Director, IDA Science & Technology Policy Institute; Stephanie Shipp, Bhavya Lal, Nayanee Gupta, Justin Scott, Chris Weber, and Michael Finnin, author, Emerging Global Trends in Advanced Manufacturing, IDA Science & Technology Policy Institute; Carl Dahlman, Henry R. Luce Associate Professor School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Jim Turner, Senior Counsel, Innovation and Technology and Director, Energy Programs, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; Moderator: Kent Hughes, Director, Program on America and the Global Economy.

2ND ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON THE RENAISSANCE OF AMERICAN MANUFACTURING. 3/27, 9:00-5:00pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws and others. Speakers include: Gene B. Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy; U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH); U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR); U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL); U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); Gordon Brinser, President, SolarWorld Industries America Inc.; Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers (USW); Rob Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation; Rich Harshman, Chairman and CEO, Allegheny Technologies Incorporated; Brian Toohey, President, Semiconductor Industry Association; Scott Paul, Executive Director, Alliance for American Manufacturing; Thea Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO; Leo Hindery, Jr., Chairman, U.S. Economy/Smart Globalization Initiative at the New America Foundation; Clyde Prestowitz, President, Economic Strategy Institute; Roger Berkley, Former Chairman, National Textile Association; Harry Moser, Founder and President, Reshoring; Initiative and Retired President, GF AgieCharmilles; Former Governor Bob Ehrlich (Maryland).

CAN AMERICA RESTORE ITS COMPETITIVE EDGE? 3/28, 9:30-11:00am, Washington, DC. Sponsor: National Conversation at Woodrow Wilson Center. Speakers: The Honorable Jane Harman—President, Director and CEO, WWC; Norm Augustine, former CEO, Lockheed-Martin, Chair of the National Academies Gathering Storm Committee, author of Rising Above the Gathering Storm; John Engler, former Governor of Michigan, former President of the National Association of Manufacturers, President of the Business Roundtable; Paul Vallas, former Superintendent of the Recovery School District in Louisiana, former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and the School District of Philadelphia; Moderator: David Wessel, Chief Economic Correspondent, Wall Street Journal.

3/28 – 9:00am, 2362-A Rayburn House Office Building. House Appropriations Committee - Hearing Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on "American Manufacturing and Job Repatriation." Witnesses: Dr. Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University; Harry Moser, Founder, Reshoring Initiative; Scott Paul, Executive Director, Alliance for American Manufacturing; Jim Phillips, Chairman and CEO, NanoMech; Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Director, National Institute of Standard and Technology; Dr. Subra Suresh, Director, National Science Foundation.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Save the Date

 MARCH 27, 2012

 Second Annual Conference on the 
Renaissance of American Manufacturing: 
Jobs, Trade, and the Presidential Elections


Presented by 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC

9:00 am-5:00 pm - Conference Presentations and Panel Discussions
5:00-7:00 pm - Cocktail Reception featuring our signature cocktail:
Buy American and Bring Back Manufacturing One-Two Punch

Free, but space limited

•Why We Need Manufacturing in the U.S. – Can We Succeed Without It?
•National Security, China and the Decline in U.S. Manufacturing
•Manufacturing and the U.S. Jobs Base – What’s Gone Wrong?
•What Do We Need to Do On Trade?
•The Presidential Election – What are the Candidates Saying about Manufacturing
and What Should They be Saying?

Gordon Brinser, President, SolarWorld Industries America Inc.
Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers (USW)
Rob Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Rich Harshman, Chairman and CEO, Allegheny Technologies Incorporated
Brian Toohey, President, Semiconductor Industry Association
Scott Paul, Executive Director, Alliance for American Manufacturing
Secretary of Commerce John Bryson* and representatives from the Republican Presidential
Thea Lee, Deputy Chief of Staff, AFL-CIO
Leo Hindery, Chairman of the U.S. Economy/Smart Globalization Initiative at the New
America Foundation
Clyde Prestowitz, President of the Economic Strategy Institute
Bob Ehrlich, Former Governor of Maryland 

* invited

For more information and to pre-register, please contact Lauren Donoghue.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

America's Edge or Not

Innovation and America's Future. 11/10, 8:00-11:00am, Washington, DC. Sponsor: The Atlantic Magazine. Speakers: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, (R-TX); Assistant Labor Secretary Jane Oates; and Jay Timmons, CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Has the U.S. lost its edge in science and technology and what can it do to reverse this negative trend? 11/10, 9:00-10:30am, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Arizona State University (ASU).Speakers: Thomas Kalil, deputy director for policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Patrick Gallagher, director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology; Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Deborah Wince-Smith, president and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness; Jennifer Harper-Taylor, president of the Siemens Foundation; William Kiczuk, vice president of Raytheon; Celia Merzbacher, vice president of innovative partnerships at the Semiconductor Research Corporation; Kathleen Weiss, director of government relations at First Solar; and Mitzi Montoya, dean and vice provost at Arizona State University Polytechnic campus.

Can America Get Its Entrepreneurial Groove Back? 11/15, 8:15am-1:15pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Brookings Institution. Speakers: Martin Neil Baily, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies; Joseph L. Rice, III, Chairman, Private Capital Research Institute; David Brooks, Columnist, New York Times; Martin Neil Baily, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies; Aaron Chatterji, Associate Professor, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University; Michael Klein, Former Chairman, Citi Institutional Clients Group; Richard P. Jaffe, Member, Executive Board, Association for Corporate Growth, Partner, Duane Morris LLP; Joncarlo Mark Founder, Upwelling Capital; Heather Slavkin, Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, Office of Investment, AFL-CIO; Harry Wilson, CEO, MAEVA Advisors; Mark Wiseman, Executive Vice President, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board; Josh Lerner; Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking, Harvard Business School, President, Private Capital Research Institute; Robert E. Litan, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies; Carl Shapiro, Member, President’s Council of Economic Advisers; Ron Bloom, Former Assistant to the President for Manufacturing Policy; Joel Kurtzman, Chairman, The Kurtzman Group, Senior Fellow, the Milken Institute; A.G. Lafley, Former CEO, Procter & Gamble, Member, President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness; Karen Mills, Administrator, Small Business Administration.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

American Competitiveness Reviewed

11/2 – 10:00am, 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Technology and Innovation Subcommittee hearing on "Creating and Growing New Businesses: Fostering U.S. Innovation." Witnesses: Brink Lindsey, senior scholar in research and policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Julian Mann, co-founder and vice president for product development and research at Skybox Imaging; and Steve Dubin, former CEO of Martek Biosciences, senior advisor to DSM Nutritional Products.

11/2 – 10:00am, 2203 Rayburn House Office Building. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, TARP, Financial Service and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs Subcommittee hearing on "America's Innovation Challenge: What Obstacles Do Entrepreneurs Face?" Witnesses: Mr. Eric Koester, CMO and Co-Founder; Zaarly, Inc.; Ms. Lonna J. Williams, CEO, Ridge Diagnostics; Tsvi Goldenberg, Ph.D., CEOeem℞a.

11/2 – 3:00pm, 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on "Efforts to Transfer America's Leading Edge Science to China." Witnesses: Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee; Thomas Armstrong, managing associate general counsel at the Government Accountability Office; John Holdren, director White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Charles Bolden, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Rick Fisher, senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center; Elizabeth Economy, senior fellow Council on Foreign Relations.

11/3 – 10:00am, 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Research and Science Education Subcommittee hearing on "STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) In Action: Transferring Knowledge from the Workplace to the Classroom." Witnesses: Michael Beeth, Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh; Christine Sutton, Secondary Math Teacher, Girgil I. Grissom High School, Huntsville City Schools, Alabama; Robin Willner, Vice President, Global community Initiatives, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, IBM Corporation; Jason Morrella, President, Robotics Education and Competition Foundation; Jenifer Jones, Principal Clinical Scientist, Abbott Vascular. 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Unbalanced trade

Creeping back into the American economic discussion is the issue of “competitiveness.” This was a hot idea in the mid-1980s. Then, like now, cheap foreign labor and products combined with Asian and European industrial policies were gutting American industry and displacing jobs. Today’s emphasis is on diminishing innovation and scientific and engineering excellence. In both approaches, the objective is to save American manufacturing.

Back in 1983, then-President Ronald Reagan appointed a Commission on Industrial Competitiveness, chaired by John Young of Hewlett-Packard. It issued its report* in 1985. The commission defined competitiveness as “the degree to which a nation can, under free and fair market conditions, produce goods and services that meet the test of international markets while at the same time maintaining or expanding the real incomes of its citizens.” Its key findings were:

1. There is compelling evidence that this nation’s ability to compete has declined over the past 20 years. We see its effects both in our domestic markets and in our ability to sell abroad;

2. We must be able to compete if we are going to meet our national goals of a rising standard of living and strong national security for our people;

3. Decision makers in both the public and private sectors must make improved competitiveness a priority on their agendas. As a nation, we can no longer afford to ignore the competitive consequences of our actions—or our inaction.

This report, however, made a bigger impression upon America’s foreign competitors than on U.S. policymakers. The proposals cited were taken far more seriously in Tokyo than New York or Silicon Valley. Except for the Washington Post, which did two major articles, the 1985 Young Commission report was limited to small stories buried on the business pages of the major newspapers. It got all of one-day US media coverage.

The Commission's conclusions were dismissed as industrial policy and unnecessary in free market America. Yet, the emphasis was that US competitiveness is not an end in itself but important for its effect on US living standards. Manufacturing matters for national economic health.

Today, US manufacturing has further diminished. Right after World War II, manufacturing accounted for 40% of American jobs; today, that number is closer to 11%. These jobs were the mainstay of the middle class. The 1985 confidence of American technological advantage has also deteriorated and is now considered a crisis. The new report on “competitiveness” out of the National Academy of Science is Rising Above the Gathering Storm Two Years Later: Accelerating Progress Toward a Brighter Economic Future.

It is a follow up of the 2005 study (published 2007), Rising Above The Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future, of the congressionally requested  Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century chaired by Norman R. Augustine, retired head of Lockheed Martin.

The conclusion of these reports is simple: “U.S. advantages in the marketplace and in science and technology have begun to erode. A comprehensive and coordinated federal effort is urgently needed to bolster U.S. competitiveness and pre-eminence in these areas so that the nation will consistently gain from the opportunities offered by rapid globalization.” Committee chair Norman R. Augustine said, "America must act now to preserve its strategic and economic security by capitalizing on its knowledge-based resources, particularly in S&T, and maintaining the most fertile environment for new and revitalized industries that create well-paying jobs. The building blocks of our economic leadership are wearing away. The challenges that America faces are immense."

In September, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs held a hearing entitled, “Made in the USA:Manufacturing Policy, the Defense Industrial Base, and U.S. National Security.” This hearing examined the national security implications of US manufacturing policy, with a focus on the security challenges posed by a shrinking defense industrial base and domestic supply chain. Witnesses warned of the dangers of a growing share of military components coming from abroad.

On December 9th, AEI held a program Can the United States Double Exports by 2015? The keynote was given by Jim McNerney, Chair of the President’s National Export Council, and chairman, president, and CEO of the Boeing Company. His talk echoed the concerns raised by the Gathering Storm report as well as congressional hearing.  He worried about American education and declining math and science test scores. He lamented the “shrinking American industrial base,” which he said was “historically one of the United States’ greatest strategic assets.” And at its heart was aerospace and defense technology and the “critical” encouragement of the Department of Defense.

His solution was “a national industrial strategy that focused on national technical leadership.” He was delighted that the US Senate had finally ratified treaties with the UK and Australia to streamline military sales by eliminating most export licenses. And commended the President for his efforts to streamline the export control process. In sum, the Boeing Chairman advocated defense technology sales as the engine for technological excellence and export growth.

As Mr. McNerney told an incredulous Washington Post reporter, there is a “strong connection between economic and military power." Foreign military sales were the remaining option to shelter American manufacturing. Unsaid was that defense technology is a highly protected, regulated, and government-funded industry. Weapons are not a free trade commodity. They represent an industry Washington can protect as carefully as other countries protect their consumer product manufacturers.

Mindy Kotler
APP Director

*This document is difficult to find on line, thus this retyped chapter from the National Academy of Engineering book from the Young Commission, The Positive sum strategy: harnessing technology for economic growth By Ralph Landau, Nathan Rosenberg.

N.B.: On December 16, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Vice President Biden present five US 2009 Baldridge Awards, the nation's highest honor for organizational performance excellence and innovation. The award promotes excellence in organizational performance, recognizes the achievements and results of US organizations, and publicizes successful performance strategies. You can watch the ceremony live at 3:00pm.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Washington winds down

CHINA’S IMPACT IN AFRICA: HOW DOES CHINA’S ROLE IN DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA COMPARE WITH THE WEST’S? 12/16, 12:30-2:00pm, Lunch, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Society for International Development. Speakers: Ezra Suruma, Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution; Former Minister of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development in Uganda; Derek Scissors, Research Fellow at the Asian Studies Center and the Heritage Foundation, Adjunct Professor at George Washington University, and author of Where China Invests, And Why It Matters; Uche Igwe, Civil Society Liaison Officer, Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; Visiting Scholar at the Africa Studies Program, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

CHINA'S UNBALANCED GROWTH: VICE OR VIRTUE? 12/16, 9:00-11:00am, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Carnegie Endowment. Speakers: Myron Brilliant, senior vice president of international affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Yukon Huang, senior fellow at CEIP's Asia Program; Michael Pettis, senior associate at CEIP's Asia Program; and Douglas Paal, vice president of studies at CEIP.

FIRST QUADRENNIAL DIPLOMACY AND DEVELOPMENT REVIEW: STRENGTHENING AMERICA'S ROLE IN 21ST CENTURY. 12/16, Noon-1:15pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Woodrow Wilson Center. Speakers: Anne-Marie Slaughter, Director, Office of Policy Planning, US Department of State; John Sewell, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

TONY BLAIR: "REFORM FOR RESULTS: HOW AFRICA'S LEADERS ARE TRANSFORMING GOVERNMENT AND HOW WE CAN HELP." 12/16, 9:30am, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Center for Global Development. Speaker: Tony Blair, Former British Prime Minister.

LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY TO RECLAIM AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP. 12/16, 8:30am-12:30pm, Washington, DC. Sponsor: Brookings. Speakers: Darrell West, Vice President and Director, Governance Studies; Aneesh Chopra, US Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House; Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to President Obama for Education, Domestic Policy Council, White House; Phil Weiser, Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation to the National Economic Council Director, White House; James H. Shelton III, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, US Department of Education; Karen Cator, Director, Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education; Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House; Terry Moe, Member, Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, Hoover Institution; William Bennett, Munro Professor of Political Science, Stanford University; Stacey Childress, Deputy Director of Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Dan Kaufman, Director, Information Processing Techniques Office, DARPA; Brett Pelham, Program Director, Head of Cyber-learning, National Science Foundation; Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer, Kaplan, Inc; Ed Fish, CEO,; Peter Levin, Chief Technology Officer, US Department of Veterans Affairs; Paul Peterson, Director of, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University; Marilyn Reznick, Executive Director, AT&T Foundation; Bob Wise, Former Governor (D-WV), Co-chair, Digital Learning Council.