China’s economic rise and the damage inflicted on U.S. industry has been a wakeup call to many U.S. policymakers. But most conventional economists continue to hold firm to their ideological notion that only the market can respond, and that any more proactive government action, particularly focused on key sectors or technologies, is doomed to fail.
Defense and National Security
December 14, 2018
The federal government invests approximately $121 billion per year funding research and development (R&D) in everything from agriculture to health, defense, energy, and a host of other areas.
April 25, 2018
All companies face cybersecurity challenges, but few small businesses take even basic steps to protect themselves. Congress should take steps to bring them up to par.
October 16, 2017
It’s time for a new approach to counterintelligence outreach to the commercial sector—one that focuses more on recognizing and responding to threat indicators, less on turning to investigators once damage has already been done.
October 27, 2016
Commercial spying is a threat not just to U.S. companies, but also to U.S. national security, writes Rob Atkinson in Innovation Files. Our national security now critically depends on our national power, which in turn is dependent on broad-based U.S. technological leadership.
July 29, 2016
Innovation Fact of the Week: When the Federal Government Committed $500M to a Manufacturing Innovation Initiative, Industry and Academia Threw in $1B More
When the federal government committed $500 million to invest in a Manufacturing Innovation Institute, non-governmental entities pledged twice as much, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
January 19, 2016
Comments to DoD, GSA, and NASA on Proposed Rule to Eliminate Proprietary Identifiers in Federal Acquisition Regulation
ITIF's Center for Data Innovation has filed comments supporting the proposed rule change as a critical first step towards making federal spending data truly open.
September 9, 2015
Defense R&D generates significant spillover benefits for the U.S. economy, writes Adams Nager in Innovation Files.
July 1, 2015
Until U.S. policymakers address concerns from foreign customers that U.S. companies may be more vulnerable to NSA surveillance than their non-U.S. counterparts, U.S. companies will continue to face a disadvantage selling their products and services abroad, writes Alan McQuinn in Cyber Defense Magazine.
November 21, 2014
Defense innovation is a key driver of U.S. security and economic competitiveness, however our preeminence in this area is under threat.
April 28, 2014
A new study shows that U.S. military spending helps to spur innovation and recent budget cut could slow economic growth.