Why the New Administration Needs Federal Industrial Strategists
Smart strategy will require smart strategists who know the government’s policy levers and the technology innovation process.
As President-elect Joe Biden makes plans for his presidency he is likely to be reminded of the well-worn observation that “personnel is policy.” While this is usually understood in the context of senior appointments, it is also a reminder that the federal government's ability to make things happen fundamentally depends on the skills and knowledge of its workforce.
One aspect of the new president’s agenda with implications for that workforce is his apparent willingness to adopt a more active industrial strategy. By that, I mean using government policy to steer the economy to help achieve specific policy goals rather than simply leaving its direction to chance—something that has recently been politically taboo in the United States. Put simply: New strategy will demand new strategists.