Manufacturing for the Security of the United States: Reviving Competitiveness and Reducing Deficits

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This volume provides an in-depth examination of the internal and external causes of the decline of U.S. manufacturing capabilities and U.S. political-economic leadership in international security affairs. The author focuses particular attention on such issues as the dependence of manufacturers on Pentagon funds for research and development and weapons production and exports, and the widespread emphasis on controlling cash-flows and short-term profits at the sacrifice of product quality and productivity improvements for greater profits and shares of markets. He then proposes a series of internal and government-led reforms that, he argues, would not only contribute to a revival of competitive-market position of U.S. manufacturing firms but also release budget dollars for other needs.

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