Our ability to compete in a global economy, attract the worldâ€™s brightest workers and nurture a functional political system is slipping. This weakness is now at a point where it threatens to erode the pillars upon which Americaâ€™s national security rests.
Americaâ€™s competitiveness is now a matter of national security.
We need to acknowledge that current policies and objectives in the public and private sector, taken together, dangerously undercut Americaâ€™s current and future global position through instability, inefficiency and risk. Americaâ€™s political and business leaders must understand that improving our nationâ€™s competitiveness is an urgent priority with much higher stakes than is acknowledged today.
This report argues that it is time to reconsider the interconnected factors causing this deterioration in order to determine a viable path to sharpening Americaâ€™s edge.
Improving the countryâ€™s competitive position will require much more than assembling disparate policy initiatives and expecting them to deliver success.
Accordingly, the report examines interrelated elements of American present vulnerabilities: business climate, infrastructure, national debt, labor market and immigration, defense industrial base, as well as education and healthcare. And turning these to the strengths they once were.
In keeping with ASPâ€™s core mission of examining more than military might when assessing national security, the report also reframes one of the recurring questions of international relations: What factors really make us strong and safe?