We all watched with great apprehension the stalemate over the budget, national debt, and the Affordable Care Act these past weeks. The anecdotes of impact were everywhere, from closed national monuments to denied child care. But what was not so prominent in the news was the impact to our reputation and business overseas, and, ultimately, American Competitiveness. Read more about that in this edition of ASQ
For decades the American infrastructure has been allowed to decay. Poor quality of wireless broadband access, deteriorating roads, unsafe bridges, and power interruptions are all indicators of a lack of investment in infrastructure. This fact sheets details come of the challenges and opportunities ahead for America’s infrastructure.
The security of our nation inherently depends upon the strength of our ability to compete in the global market place while simultaneously raising living standards at home. “American Competitiveness” thus includes a wide array of interconnected issues, linking economic prosperity and national security imperatives. This fact sheet provides an overview of the fundamental factors that compromise American Competitiveness, their relation to national security, and provides suggested reforms to reverse current downward trends.
The United States and European Union recently began negotiations on what would be, if completed, the largest trade agreement in world history. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) intends to eliminate barriers to transatlantic trade, including tariffs, duties, and burdensome regulations. This fact sheet provides a detailed history of U.S.-EU trade relations, and explains the goals, economic benefits, and security imperatives of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
ASP’s fact sheet, “International Progress on Fusion Energy” outlines the steps other countries are taking in developing fusion energy. Meanwhile, the U.S. is considering budget cuts to its fusion program, which will cause irreparable harm to the development of fusion power.
The defense industrial base is tied to American competitiveness in the 21st Century. For that reason, leaders in the private and public sector must take steps to thrive during a drawn out period of changing expectations while also remaining committed to keeping the country strong through innovation, long-term investment and disciplined management.