Innovation and invention drive economic growth and increase competitveness. Where U.S. inventions are not protected by strong patents, or when U.S. patent laws are not enforced, U.S. inventions are stolen by foreign entities or sold overseas by multinational corporations.
Foreign companies operating under lax environmental and labor laws, such as those in China, use these U.S. inventions to cheaply manufacture products which they then sell back into the U.S. at prices that U.S. firms cannot match, thereby driving U.S. manufacturers out of business and eliminating U.S. manufacturing and technology jobs. These foreign firms then buy the manufacturing tooling from closed U.S. companies, again draining U.S. manufacturing capacity.
This weakens U.S. economic prosperity and undermines U.S. national security. As U.S. manufacturing and technology sectors lose American jobs, know-how, tooling, and capacity to foreign corporations, the U.S. becomes increasingly dependent on foreign firms to supply essential military, intelligence, and security materials, equipment and hardware. As veterans of WWII know, wars are won or lost based on manufacturing capacity and logistics. Declining U.S. manufacturing capacity and technological leadership results in a weakening U.S. military posture and a declining U.S. security position.