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Hamilton Center on Industrial Strategy

ITIF’s Hamilton Center promotes a practical approach to competitiveness policy that enables U.S. technology leadership in global markets. The Hamiltonian agenda entails more than just increasing economic inputs and factor conditions that are broadly conducive to innovation and growth. Policies must directly enable firms in America to lead in advanced technologies and industries that are strategically important for economic and national security... (More.)

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Speed Up America, Slow Down China, or Both? The Key Strategic Question for the 21st Century

Speed Up America, Slow Down China, or Both? The Key Strategic Question for the 21st Century

The reality is that if America does not do both—speed itself up, and slow China down—then it will likely lose the techno-economic race in the advanced, traded-sector industries that are most strategically important for the country’s dual-use industrial base and national security.

The Global Battle Over Advanced Industries

The Global Battle Over Advanced Industries

If the United States is to win the techno-economic battle instigated by China, trade policy must prioritize global market access for high-fixed-cost advanced industries such as aerospace, biopharmaceuticals, semiconductors, and software.

Time for Competitive Realism

Time for Competitive Realism

U.S. foreign policy doctrine subordinates the goal of maintaining, let alone maximizing, America’s global power advantage. That formula will not succeed against the new China challenge.

What Kind of Industrial Policy: Progressive or Hamiltonian?

What Kind of Industrial Policy: Progressive or Hamiltonian?

Progressives want to replace neoliberalism with green-equity-focused industrial policy, which would make America poorer and weaker. Washington should instead adopt a Hamiltonian agenda to win the global competition for advanced industry leadership, especially versus China.

How ‘National Developmentalism’ Built America

How ‘National Developmentalism’ Built America

Embracing national developmentalism will be critical to enabling America to meet the existential challenge that is China.

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October 24, 2023

Securing Our Future: A Framework for Critical Technology Assessment

Please join ITIF, The Hamilton Project at Brookings, and the National Network for Critical Technology Assessment in a press release and showcase event launching the release of the report, Securing America’s Future: A Framework for Critical Technology Assessment.

April 27, 2023

Reviving America’s Hamiltonian Tradition to Win the Economic Competition With China

Please join ITIF for an all-day conference with leading experts and policymakers to explore why and how Washington can look to Hamiltonianism for guidance in how to win the techno-economic contest with China.

November 28, 2022

How Updating a Century-Old Trade Law Could Limit China’s Ability to Profit From Unfair Trade Practices

Watch ITIF's briefing event featuring Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and an expert panel of current and former U.S. trade officials who discussed how to limit China’s ability to profit from its predatory trade practices.

September 15, 2022

A New Frontier: Leveraging U.S. High-Performance Computing Leadership in an Exascale Era

Watch ITIF's event at the Dirksen Senate Office Building (SD-562) as it released a new report exploring the promise of HPC in the exascale era, examining some of the latest cutting-edge applications of HPC, and articulating steps policymakers should take to keep the United States at the leading-edge of this highly globally competitive, yet truly foundational information technology.

January 11, 2022

What a National Strategic-Industry Policy Should Look Like

ITIF hosted a discussion of what a robust national strategic-industry policy should—and should not—entail.

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StephenStephen Ezell

Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, and Director, Center for Life Sciences Innovation


DavidDavid Adler

Economics Author, "Inside Operation Warp Speed: A New Model for Industrial Policy"

BenBen Armstrong

Research Scientist, MIT Industrial Performance Center

William B.William B. Bonvillian

Former Director, MIT Washington Office

MichaelMichael Brown

Partner, Shield Capital

EricaErica Fuchs

Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy; Director, Carnegie Mellon University; pilot National Network for Critical Technology Assessment

Rosabeth MossRosabeth Moss Kanter

Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

SridharSridhar Kota

Herrick Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

BradBrad Markell

Executive Director, AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council

JackJack Shanahan

Lieutenant General, Retired., United States Air Force

Willy C.Willy C. Shih

Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

CarrollCarroll Thomas

Director, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

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September 25, 2023|Reports & Briefings

Comparing Canadian and U.S. R&D Leaders in Advanced Sectors

R&D-intensive companies are key to national growth and competitiveness. Canada lags far behind the United States and the rest of the world in R&D-intensive firms. The Canadian government should consider reforming and expanding its SR&ED tax incentive.

August 28, 2023|Op-Eds & Contributed Articles

The Real Contest With China

The rivalry between the United States and China has significant diplomatic, military, and ideological aspects, but its most important dimensions are technological and economic.

August 9, 2023|Op-Eds & Contributed Articles

China’s Micron Ban Cannot Stand

China recently banned domestic sales of memory chips from the U.S. company Micron, claiming they pose cybersecurity risks. This was a lie, as anyone who follows the industry can attest, writes Rob Atkinson in InsideSources.

July 24, 2023|Reports & Briefings

Innovation Wars: How China Is Gaining on the United States in Corporate R&D

China wants to displace the United States as the world’s leading innovation economy. Business R&D in advanced, traded-sector industries is a key indicator of its progress—and it is catching up rapidly. Congress and U.S. state governments should respond by boosting R&D tax incentives.

July 17, 2023|Blogs

Export Controls Shrink the Global Markets U.S. Semiconductors Need to Survive

Advanced industries with high fixed costs need scale to cut prices and improve their margins so they can compete with rivals from China. It’s time for U.S. trade and national security policy to be more nuanced and sophisticated in addressing this reality.

May 30, 2023|Blogs

Secretary Raimondo Should Host a National Economic Development Summit With Her State Counterparts

We live in a world where, if the United States wants to avoid sinking further into economic weakness, all levels of government need to be in regular communication with one another to improve their alignment.

May 12, 2023|Op-Eds & Contributed Articles

How China Divides Europe and the United States

The preeminent foreign policy question facing the West for at least the next several decades will be what to do about China’s rise as a techno-economic, military, and foreign policy power. But as things stand, Western leaders cannot even agree on the premise of the matter.

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