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    Eye On China, Reagan Study Calls For Major Defense Base Push

    I know I berate Tamorlane every opportunity I get but he's correct when he stated the best way for the United States to stay ahead of the game with China is to redevelop our talent-base and become more competitive as a nation.

    The policy direction suggested below seems a bit left leaning (and it is), but in reality, the Chinese government is throwing more money at tackling this then we are at the moment. The results don't show now, but in 10-20 years when the millions of current Chinese students enter the workforce, they'll be putting their education to work for the good of the state of China. The US has to find a way to compete with this.


    Eye On China, Reagan Study Calls For Major Defense Base Push
    Maintaining the US natsec industry's technological edge will require "a more coordinated and collaborative effort among all stakeholders—government, academia, and private sector actors," says former Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work.

    WASHINGTON: The Reagan Institute is calling on the US government to undertake a comprehensive effort to strengthen the national security industrial base, with recommendations ranging from creating an interagency “National Security Innovation Committee” for coordinating financial support to establishing a “STEM Corps” to give students free tuition if they enter the natsec work force.

    The report, “The Contest For Innovation,” also recommends a raft of DoD acquisition reforms to support defense industry innovation. It was released in advance of Saturday’s annual Reagan National Defense Forum,

    (Forgive us for seeing some small irony in a think tank named after Republican President Ronald Reagan calling for a raft of initiatives to essentially further subsidize US defense industry, in that implementation would necessarily include substantial US government spending.) The report, however, does not venture a price tag for its recommendations.

    That said, the report addresses some very real challenges that DoD has more or less acknowledged over the past decade. These include:
    • The NSIB [National Security Industrial Base] needs to be directed, coordinated, and incentivized to win the contest for innovation.
    • The United States government has yet to fully embrace and exploit innovation in the private sector and academia.
    • The country as a whole, and the government in particular, lacks a comprehensive talent management strategy to win the technological “war for talent.”
    • The United States needs to improve its collaboration with allies and partners in order to strengthen its NSIB and the innovation capacity of those nations.

    The report’s concerns and findings follow in many ways the Trump Administration’s National Security Strategy, as well as its overarching approach to bolstering US industry writ large. Co-chaired by retired Republican Senator Jim Talent and former Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, the study frets about technological advances by China (and to a lesser extent Russia), as well as the fact that defense firms are increasingly behind the tech innovation power curve.

    “The defining national security threat facing the United States is competition with a rising China,” said Talent, in a Dec. 3 press release announcing the study.“If there is one factor that is going to determine the outcome of this competition, it is the ability to innovate more successfully. Leveraging relevant innovation for national security purposes will require a more risk-tolerant mindset from our national leaders.”

    Work added that maintaining the US natsec industry’s technological edge will require “a more coordinated and collaborative effort among all stakeholders—government, academia, and private sector actors.”

    The report states: “Without question, China is the chief pacing technological competitor to the United States. It explicitly seeks to supplant the United States as the world’s top innovation power. Toward this end, China has embarked on an aggressive plan of military–civil fusion focused on critical and emerging technologies. This plan has the potential to disrupt global stability and ultimately undermine the security and prosperity of the United States and its allies.”

    It further worries that “traditional prime contractors … are not necessarily the best agents of innovation.” It adds: “Private-sector research and development (R&D), while substantial in absolute terms, is heavily weighted to development and commercialization and is an inadequate replacement for basic and applied research historically funded by the U.S. government.”

    The detailed recommendations fall into four large baskets of activities.

    [continued...]
    https://breakingdefense.com/2019/12/...nse-base-push/
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