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The Offshoring of Engineering: Facts, Unknowns, and Potential Implications
I believe we are the most innovative nation on the planet, and we still have the best research universities in the world. We are still the king of the hill in R&D in most fields. We have these comparative advantages—a strong science and technology base and a free-market economy built on a substrate of democracy and freedom.
But I leave you with this paranoid thought. The enemy I fear most is complacency. We have work to do in this country. I very much look forward to hearing your thoughts and what you can learn and teach us all about the real, evolving nature of globalization.
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