With multinational corporations opening research and development centers in Beijing, and U.S. hospitals sending x-rays to be read by radiologists in Bombay, skills in science and technology have become even more critical to ensuring current and future economic competitiveness. As the world leader in science and technology, America is now competing with rising powers seeking to establish their own prowess in the field. How can America continue to compete effectively in a world in which globalization and technology have enabled international workforces to compete across time zones? How will American workers be affected?
On October 5, Brookings addressed America’s standing in the field of science and technology as it relates to economic competitiveness. The event is the second in the Bernard L. Schwartz Forum on U.S. Competitiveness, and featured Norman Augustine, retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin, and Donald Evans, former Secretary of Commerce.