• Values, Strategy, and America’s Competitive Posture

    “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.... When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard.” —Sun Tzu The Art of War  “One has to understand the Chinese intellectual game, which is what we call ‘Go’ [and] they call ‘weiqi’. …it’s a game of strategic encirclement…our intellectual game is chess. Chess is about victory or defeat. Somebody wins.” —Former Secretary of State…

    by The Honorable Alan R. Shaffer; Moriah Locklear, PhD; and Tim Welter, PhD
  • Want US Semiconductor Leadership? Fix the Tax Code

    Introduction Recent events starkly highlighted the importance of semiconductors to the US economy and the fragility of the US semiconductor supply chain. These shortages were estimated to have cost over a full percentage point of 2021 US GDP, prompting Congress to pass the 2022 CHIPS and Science Act to level the playing field for onshore semiconductor manufacturing after decades of decline. However, unrelated tax code changes are threatening to unravel any benefit from the CHIPS…

    by Brian Shirley
  • Reinvigorating Innovation for National Security

    Introducing the National Security Innovation Base (NSIB) The United States has a long tradition of innovative research and development (R&D). Innovation has been particularly important for national security, with the development of advanced weapons systems, superior reconnaissance and surveillance systems, and sensors and detectors intended to help the military defend the nation. Many innovations for national security purposes spill over into benefits for the commercial sector. Sometimes, commercial innovations and products spill over into benefits…

    by Robert Hummel, PhD
  • The Concept of an Economic Warfare Operations Capability (EWOC)

    Introduction The US enjoyed the benefits of a relatively unmatched monopolar position on the global stage in the immediate aftermath of the Cold War. That position has been challenged in recent years by rivals, such as China and Russia, working to shift the geopolitical and global economic environment in their favor.[i] To do so, both nations have employed asymmetric “gray zone” tactics, actions below the threshold of war, but which still vitally threaten the economic and…

    by Tim Welter, PhD
  • Prospects for US Sources of Energy

    The US national security and economy depend on reliable and long-term access to abundant energy sources. Historically, the US has benefited from easy access to energy resources, including coal, oil, gas, wind, solar, and hydro power. Access to energy resources includes oil importation. Events in the 1970s demonstrated that a lack of self-reliance could lead to vulnerabilities. As a result, the US endeavored to achieve “energy independence,” to become a net exporter of energy resources.…

    by Robert Hummel, PhD & Moriah Locklear, PhD

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve a bill that was designed to limit the number of court cases filed by “patent trolls,” firms that buy old patents and sue businesses for infringing on them, in the hopes of financial gain. The Committee has also agreed to expand the scope of the bill to protect patents from being easily challenged and revoked after already given approval by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies hope that this bill will prevent their intellectual property rights from being undermined. The Senate Judiciary Committee will be refining the language before intro- ducing the bill. See: http://cen acs org/articles/93/i24/Patent-Reform-Bill-Clears-Hurdle.html.

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