Today our industrial sector has shrunk so dramatically that many people no longer believe it matters whether the United States has a manufacturing base. But our foreign policy challenges are more complicated than ever, making it just as important for our country to have both the skill set and the means to build ships and planes and other complex products today as it was during the Cold War.
That's why we cannot be only a nation of ideas and services. We cannot depend on others to make the critical tools and machines we need to grow our economy and maintain our security.
What we make here in the United Sates still matters. What we do now to preserve a highly skilled, competitive manufacturing base is critical to a secure future.
Read more about why American manufacturing still matters on IndustryWeek.