Chapter one is a transcript of the comments made by opening keynote speaker David Walker. He contends that if the economic element of national power is neglected and misunderstood, nothing will be more dangerous to the Nation than the national debt and its unintended consequences for generations to come. His arguments are alarming and are critical for policymakers and every citizen to understand. He provides common-sense approach to getting the Nation's financial house in order.
In chapter two, John Morton traces the historical roots of the economy and its role in enabling the superpower status of the Nation. He also proposes that the United States needs an economic grand strategy and describes the road ahead.
In chapter three, Keith Cooley explains his approach to an energy plan, which includes a grand strategy that if enacted, will support the Nation's future.
In chapter four, Louis Infante offers his approach to energy security. His National Energy Security Initiative describes a specific model that the National could use to manage the complexities of its entire energy system.
In chapter five, Myra Shiplett and her team eloquently address the complex set of issues and how the United States will be well served only if its schools can produce individuals who can compete in a sophisticated and globally competitive 21st century world.
Lastly, in chapter six, Carmen Medina explores the many issues that surround what it means to have innovation as a major element of a nation's economy.