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Defense and National Security

As nations engage in a race for global advantage in innovation, ITIF champions a new policy paradigm that ensures businesses and national economies can compete successfully by spurring public and private investment in foundational areas such as research, skills, and 21st century infrastructure. Our work on defense and national security covers topics such as weapons systems, innovation in defense and homeland security agencies, and the role of defense R&D in spurring innovation and competitiveness.

Defense and National Security

Publications and Events

October 24, 2022|Blogs

Using Country-of-Origin as a Litmus Test for Drone Security Is Bad Policy

While intended to protect national security, the updated American Security Drone Act would still do little to bolster drone security and would limit government agencies from using some of the best-in-class drones.

July 1, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary

Biden’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework Is a Paradigm Shift

The United States can no longer afford to trade U.S. market access for geopolitical alignment, and other nations can no longer afford to stay on the sidelines as the United States does the hard work of limiting China’s economic, technological, and foreign-policy aggression alone.

June 22, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary

The World After Ukraine

Putin’s attack should galvanize real foreign policy, defense policy, and industrial policy cooperation among democratic, allied nations.

June 6, 2022|Podcasts

Podcast: When the Chips Are Down: Why Domestic Semiconductor Production Matters, With John Zysman

Rob and Jackie sat down with John Zysman, a professor emeritus at UC Berkeley and co-founder/co-director of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy, to discuss why U.S. semiconductor production has dropped so far down, what it portends, and how America can regain its footing in the industry.

March 31, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary

Breaking Up Big Tech Would Help Xi Jinping

The Biden administration and its “Neo-Brandeisian” supporters in Congress are seeking to break up large tech companies, but national-security-minded advisers warn it would strengthen America’s biggest ad­versary, China. They're right, just as an earlier generation of national security advisers was right to warn the Eisenhower administration against breaking up AT&T.

February 24, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary

The SECRETS Act Adds a Critical New Defense Against IP Theft Threatening U.S. Tech Leadership

Acting against Chinese IP theft is a rare area of bipartisan support in U.S. trade policy, and the SECRETS Act provides a chance for U.S. policymakers and the Biden administration to take a stand against such parasitic practices by enacting a new law.

February 1, 2022|Testimonies & Filings

Open Letter to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy Regarding National Security Concerns With Antitrust Bills

Hobbling U.S. superstar firms only makes Chinese firms more attractive to American consumers and limits these companies’ ability to make security-enhancing investments. Congress would do well to heed the advice of our national security experts and not sacrifice our economic and national security with misguided antitrust bills.

January 24, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

Why America Needs Semiconductor Legislation to Bolster Its Economic and National Security

Semiconductors represent the foundational industry for the entire global economy. The United States needs to ensure that it fields leading companies across the memory, logic, and analog subsectors, and that it maintains sufficient domestic semiconductor manufacturing to support its economic and national security needs.

January 11, 2022|Events

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.

September 23, 2021|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

Resetting Transatlantic Digital Cooperation Matters More Than French-Australian Submarines

France has declared a “crisis of trust” in the United States after Australia scuttled a previous deal to buy diesel-electric submarines from France in favor of nuclear-powered ones from the United States.

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