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U.S. Engineers and the Flat Earth

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You can hardly open a newspaper these days without seeing something about globalization, outsourcing, free trade, and economic competitiveness. Although the articles usually focus on policies and politics, many of the causes and consequences of globalization depend on technology and, hence, on engineers.

In 2005, a committee of the U.S. National Academies addressed this issue in a widely disseminated report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future , which argued that trends in high-tech manpower threatened the United States’ ability to compete in the global market­place. While the report itself is quite voluminous, the chairman of the ­committee, Norman Augustine, has ­written a shorter version, entitled Is America Falling off the Flat Earth? [available as a free download at].

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Greg Mably

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