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International competition has eroded the once commanding U.S. advantage in technology. It has caused a shift in government and business relationships in the United States and raised fundamental questions about the conduct of American foreign policy. Both the public and private sectors are increasingly concerned with a new set of technological issues related to industrial competitiveness. This concern has forced a reassessment of national priorities and caused both industry and government to rethink their traditional roles in the development and application of technology. The implications for foreign policy stem from one overriding fact: when it comes to advanced technology, national security can no longer be viewed in purely military terms; economic security is also a vital consideration. Moreover, just as it is increasingly difficult to make a meaningful policy distinction between military and commercial technologies, so is it difficult to determine how to manage international relationships, since important political

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  • Admiral B. R. Inman retired from public service in 1982 and has subsequently been active in a variety of efforts to revitalize U.S. industrial competitiveness. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness. Daniel F. Burton, Jr., is Executive Vice President of the Council on Competitiveness.
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