Preparing for 21st Century Risks

Revitalizing American Manufacturing called “Urgent National Priority”

By Tom Ridge and Robert B. Stephan

The United States is at-risk of being unprepared to recover from disaster — whether it’s terrorism, floods, and hurricanes, or pandemic influenza and cyber disruption. We have become increasingly reliant on foreign suppliers for products needed in the wake of catastrophic events.

The Takeaways

  1. America’s dependence on other countries for critical manufacturing capacity leaves the United States less safe and less secure in the face of a major catastrophic events.

  2. Improving and hardening our infrastructure is critical to preventing and mitigating catastrophic events such as terrorist attacks or natural disasters.

  3. There is a direct connection between a strong domestic manufacturing sector and America’s ability to prevent, mitigate, recover from, and rebuild quickly in the wake of catastrophic events.

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