Tipping the Scale: Restoring American Leadership from the COVID-19

Most of my days begin with checking the coronavirus counts for each country. I’m currently in Korea, and Korea has been generally doing better in interventions, but Korea also doesn’t have the friendliest tech policies.

Currently, autocratic societies or surveillance states are doing better with coronavirus interventions. I think It’s important for democratic countries like the U.S. to start making deliberate policy choices and that public and private entities can work together, set-up a model for other nations, and make sure the we do not commit irreparable damage.

Today, tech dominance is global dominance.  As former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has argued: “if the Soviet Union had been able to leverage the kind of sophisticated data observation, collection and analytics employed by the leaders of Amazon today, it might well have won the Cold War.”

  1. We need to act locally in a distributed approach and think globally. We need to infuse capital at the state level and find global partnerships with shared purpose. It’s important to show democratic societies are more sustainable in the long-run and exemplify how public-private partnerships can instrument the solutions that can be scaled.
  2. Create industry coalitions to detect future pandemics. There are technologies we can utilize today such as sensors or commercial satellites monitoring the patterns of life. We can mobilize this data with the partnerships with likeminded governments to predict the patterns of future biological threats.
  3. Educate. The advent of the internet and the data is that everyone can share information. The downside to this is that everyone can share information. Massive amounts of disinformation or misinformation about the coronavirus about. Information can be weaponized to polarize each other.
  4. Curate bilateral relations with critical allies on national security, diplomatic, technology, and commercial communities to identify and refine alliance challenges to pool data sets by each government. This could be an anonymous data sets to be used for begin an unmatched reservoir of data to offset China’s scale advantage in the arena or its potential deliberate policy choices, such as the coronavirus.
  5. As the US seeks to broaden its alliances in Asia, it should engage partners not just on trade and traditional security issues, but also on emerging “nontraditional” challenges. One principal area for America to collaborate constructively with Asian nations is in “natural security,” or the security implications of climate change, environmental degradation and natural resource dependence.
  6. Announce a government data pooling partnership. The United States and Japan should unveil an initiative to pool select, curated datasets held by each government for use by companies and innovators in each country.
  7. Leverage each other’s dynamic technology sector’s – Korea – 5G Within the realm of command, control and communication, Fahey said co-development of a 5G network would be welcomed.
  8. Establish bilateral national security innovation funds. These funds could support a range of initiatives, from quickfire seed projects to road test high-risk ideas to incubators for startups innovating at the nexus of defense and commercial applications.

In many ways, coronavirus is accelerating what has already been out there. It’s forcing us to think above and beyond for what it means for us – supply chain disruptions, teledocs, or cyber security technologies.

As a country, we should come together to think of the coronavirus as an opportunity to move ahead of the curve to keep scale in our favor.