I am a political economist studying innovation, industry, and international security. Since September 2001, I have been advising industries and ministries on their issues of strategy, planning, and policy. My work aims to inform investors, industrialists, technologists, and policy-makers on how to effect, economically, a secure future.

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01 October 2013

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Excellent discussion and conclusion. To further the discussion, why does everyone discount (or not mention) the capabilities and costs associated with the Saab Gripen? Is our arm twisted to always buy American?

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