Since 2001, an easy avenue for turning a pet problem into a big deal in Washington is to call it a national security issue. At a moment in American history when war is harder and harder to clearly define, it can be hard to see where danger really lies. More so as some want to see threats everywhere to justify everything from military overspending to unreasonable domestic security policies.
This leads to missing one of the biggest threats of all: America’s slipping competitive position in the world. My new report from the American Security Project, American Competitiveness Report – An Issue Of National Security, is an attempt to reframe the debate over what makes the country strong, and also to understand makes it vulnerable, in the 21st Century. It means looking past military might to assess our strength while making a holistic examination of America’s infrastructure, healthcare and education, defense industrial base, business climate, national debt and immigration and the labor market. Only by looking together at how these elements interact can a sensible path emerge toward improving something much bigger than any one area: America’s national security.
On Wednesday, I joined an ASP panel with former Environmental Protection Agency administrator and New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Lieutenant General John Castellaw (Retired), Chopper Trading Chief Executive Officer Raj Fernando to begin shifting the debate over how we make our country stronger.