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Has the US lost its creative mojo?

In my Digital Conflict blog on Aug. 11, 2011, I discussed the need for continuous innovation and creativity, which should be coupled with out-of-box thinking, as fundamental requirements for intelligence collection and analysis. This is necessary of the defense community is to stay ahead of the changing cyber threat environment.

I also pointed out that the private sector is on the spot to provide the next generation of products and services needed to address the demands of the cyber environment. On June 27, the results of a survey conducted by management consulting firm KPMG of 668 business executives in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa was released. The survey participants said that China and the United States show the most promise for disruptive breakthroughs that would have global implications.  By far the most interesting yet troubling portion of that study found that only 39 percent of U.S. respondents selected the United States as most promising.

Has the United States lost its creative and innovative mojo? After having multiple discussions about this since that blog posting, two schools of thought have emerged. First and foremost, creativity and innovation involves risks, and the economic slow down that began back in 2008, and has hung on ever since, has made many companies take a risk-averse position. The second thought was that the continual hacking of U.S. companies, and the resulting theft of intellectual property, significantly contributed to the low rating. We all know that most of those activities have been attributed to China.

Regardless of the cause corrective actions must be taken immediately. Our country’s economic future and our national security may damn well depend on it.

Posted by Kevin Coleman on Jul 05, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Reader Comments

Fri, Jul 20, 2012 hicaps

it seems to me like confidence in our own country has fallen as well if only 39% of respondents think we're the 'most promising'. creativity can be costly and i can see how the current economic situation would cause a lull in innovations. you're absolutely right though, something needs to be done fast

Mon, Jul 9, 2012 AvgJoe West Coast, USA

While you specifically refer to Defense/Cyber Warfare, I think this line from Hugh Macleod's book, "Ignore Everybody and 39 other keys to Creativity" sums it best for all business sectors. "Ideas challenge the status quo, they challenge the balance of power, and that is why they are so fiercely resisted (at least initially)." On a personal note, I discarded the "box" quite some time ago, I simply "think outside."

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