I am joined this week on the broadcast by Ann Bridges, author of three books and veteran of silicon valley. Ann has experience in operations, finance, and marketing executive positions in the technology, communications, and entertainment industries of silicon valley. She is a frequent speaker at business conferences and universities, and a guest on nationally syndicated radio shows. She is also a graduate of Stanford University.
In the interview, we discuss the dependence the US has on many countries, and in particular China, for key minerals such as vanadium and rare earths. These minerals are critical to our industry and our national defense. Her experience working with engineers, advisors, and politicians within the subject area provide a rich resource of information on the current state of US mineral dependence on foreign nations. The level of dependence has made the US vulnerable to being cut off from key minerals needed to support US industry and the current American lifestyle.
We also discuss how the emphasis of environmentalism, software skills development, and virtual training has supplanted the hands-on science and technology disciplines in today’s school curriculums. This has led to a critical technical skills deficit within the US manufacturing industry, which itself is suffering the crisis of dilapidation and negligence. If the US does not develop these skills back into the school system, then US industry cannot rebuild itself in order to compete on the world stage with China and other emerging national economies.