Innovation Strategies as National Security

Following the close of World War II, the United States helped establish itself as a global superpower in part through its ability to establish an environment that was conducive to innovation.  According to a recently released report by the National Academies, along with an increase in globalization and international trade, this environment has served as a blueprint that other countries have begun to use and the implications touch on not only economic policies, but national security matters as well.  The report argues that “[t]hese changes will have a potentially enormous impact for U.S. National Security Policy.”

While often thought of in terms relating to global competitiveness, innovation plays a key role in ensuring America’s national security as well.  When delivering a speech to graduates of the National Defense University, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen argued that the future “favors responsibility and innovation in leaders, organization, technology – and in thinking.”

In order to best foster an environment in which innovation can thrive, the report makes a number of policy recommendations.  Among them are the regular monitoring of America’s international innovation competitors, stringent internal assessments, and seeking ways to collaborate with the international community to help exploit technological breakthroughs wherever they may occur.

Posted by: Clark Taylor

Sources: Joint Chiefs of Staff, The National Academies Press

Photo Credit: The Department of Defense


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