The United States is at its best when it leads, setting the standard for the rest of the world while doing so. Whether it be independence in thinking, independence in manufacturing bases, independence in energy production, or independence in agriculture, these attributes (and more) established the U.S. as a stabilizer in the rules-based global community. With that said, America’s independence, which is vital to our economy, workforce and national interests, has dangerously eroded. Case in point, our leadership and independence in overall U.S. production. As U.S. production erodes, so does global security. The adverse effects of overreliance on foreign supply chains have led to inflation, economic instability, and frankly even a challenge to America’s stature as a global supplier and the global market’s stability.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the latest example of challenges to the current global market and supply chain infrastructure as well as a major challenge to the very models of independence – inspired and modeled in so many ways after the U.S. It is also a jarring reminder of the risks associated with depending on foreign adversaries for critical resources and energy.