Securing U.S. Innovation

The Challenge of Preserving a Competitive Advantage in the Creation of Knowledge

By (author) Darren E. Tromblay, Robert G. Spelbrink

Publication date:

08 September 2016

Length of book:

304 pages

Publisher

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781442256347

As experienced by the United States, competition has played out in three distinct types of threat activity: sabotage (the destruction of capabilities), espionage (the theft of specific capabilities), and defection (the carrying of knowledge out of the country). Today, the changing innovation environment has created new challenges. Significant advances are being made in start-ups as well as larger companies who no longer rely on U.S. government contracts. Not only does this place a key element of national power in the hands of the private sector, but it often leaves Washington at an informational disadvantage in understanding technologies.

This book analyzes these concepts from the perspective of the United States’ experience in the field of innovation security. Historical and recent examples illustrate the threats to innovation, the various approaches to mitigating them, and how the evolution of the innovative process now requires rethinking how the United States can benefit from and preserve its cutting edge human capital.
Securing US Innovation is a thorough exposition and exploration of the balance between being an open, innovative society and how its competitive advantage can be secured from appropriation by other entities (individuals, companies and states, etc.). The authors’ describe how America, as the long-term, dominant technology leader in the world, fights against espionage, theft, etc., to secure these elements of international, global power. The text presents what is a lucid yet dense discussion from the American perspective, focusing on innovation security. The authors’ share various historical and recent examples to elucidate their point of view. Given the complexity of the subject matter, this text is written in clear and concise language that attempts to cut through the policy thicket and provide a balanced understanding of these complex matters. This is an important text that should serve as a wake-up call for this important issue. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students through professionals.