Executive Summary: To ensure the economic health of the US and its people, US decision-makers in government, industry, and academia must address America’s rapidly declining competitiveness, the source of the present economic crisis. To effectively address the decline, the decision-makers must make major shifts in their thinking: They must question what is true economic competitiveness and what are the means required to generate it. They must see that issues like trade policy, IP laws, and infrastructure upgrades must be addressed with those means in mind. They must acknowledge that the world is on the verge of the next revolutionary step in generating competitiveness and that to remain a super-power the US must lead this next revolutionary step. And they need to understand that leading the next revolutionary step does not violate the principles of democracy on which the US was founded.
Although the recently passed economic stimulus legislation will help mitigate the adverse impacts of the economic crisis in the short-term, it does not have the ability to effectively address the underlying source of the US economic crisis–America’s declining ability to compete in both domestic and foreign markets.
Under the Reagan the administration within the US intelligence community, a classified program, the Socrates Project, was initiated to address America’s declining competitiveness. Socrates had a two-fold mission. The first was to determine the true source of America’s declining competitiveness, and the second was to develop the means necessary to address the source of the problem.
The Socrates project team knew that to develop the means to address the problem, their investigation of the source of the problem had to go beyond obvious one-liners—“Japan, Inc.”—and go beyond accepted solutions—“level the playing field.” The Socrates solution took advantage of intelligence available through all the sources of the intelligence community, for a complete, holistic view and understanding of competition worldwide, generating for the first time in the history of mankind a bird’s eye view and understanding of all competition worldwide.
This bird’s eye view of competition went far beyond, in terms of scope and completeness, the extremely narrow slices of data that were available to the professors, professional economists, and consultants that addressed the issue of competitiveness. As a result, the conclusions that the Socrates team derived about competitiveness in general and about the US in particular were in almost all cases in direct opposition to what the professors, economists and consultants had been saying for years, and to what had been accepted as irrefutable underlying truths by decision-makers throughout the US.
The Socrates team then went on to use this understanding of the source of the US competitiveness problem to develop the means that would be effective in truly rebuilding America’s competitiveness.
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