Aging Infrastructure is Vulnerable to Attack

America’s critical infrastructure has become a significant focus for both national security and counterterrorism strategy. New policies see the present condition of airports, shipping ports and inland waterways, dams, bridges, and roads, and water and energy resources exposed to foreign and domestic threat including cyber attack.

Aging infrastructure will lower national GDP and slash jobs, salaries, and employer benefits, but this can be prevented.

$177Billion is Lacking for Electricity

The US Needs $1,101 Trillion for Surface Transportation

$15 Billion Required for Ports & Inland Waterways

Water & Wastewater Investment Gap is $105 Billion

Aviation Infrastructure like Airports Need $42 Billion

The US will lose $4Trillion in GDP by 2025

National Security and Economic Threat Necessitate New Development

In recent years, the US power grid, banking, and digital communications, have been the targets of covert cyber attacks by Iran and other countries. China has used its supply chain manufacturing of computer and cell phone devices to spy on American companies and individuals exposing intellectual property to international theft and compromising the personal safety of those living and working in the US.

 

the US is expected to lose $4 trillion in GDP by 2025 and cost the US 2.5 million jobs in 2025 due to Domestic infrastructure gaps. This will have a ripple effect on declining exports from the US causing US companies to lose their competitive edge over other export destinations in the world. Growing costs of infrastructure will be passed on to companies and workers as tax increases, salary cuts, and the loss of company and community benefits.

 

It will take decades of urgently needed building to overcome years of age, severe weather damage, and backlogged maintenance, and while the use of new technology and public private engagements have been encouraged, authorities have no idea where the funding for infrastructure gaps will come from. At the same time, US foreign policy also prioritizes the building of roads, schools, and other infrastructure in countries of which their stability is paramount to economic and security interests.

By Utilizing International Reciprocal Partnerships We Can Build Up Developing Countries and Resuscitate Our Own

While China and Russia have engaged countries in the Middle East, Africa, and other regions in infrastructure development projects in exchange for natural resources, this has lead to growing instability in already troubled communities. Many countries cannot fulfill China’s loan requirements, and Russia has combined these engagements with arms sales.

Some Middle East countries in the GCC have also begun development projects in Africa, and terrorists escaping from countries like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Syria  have gone into the African continent in search safety, resources, and fresh recruiting grounds. Terror networks like AQIM, Boko Haram, Al Shabab, and even Hezbollah have successfully carved out their own territories as well global trafficking routes. The US has prioritized development programs and defense missions overseas.

The US has Mandated Updates to Privately Held Domestic Infrastructure

The African Continent is rich Mining Minerals, Oil and Gas, and Water, but Lacks infrastructure, Security, and Industry Development

President Trump has Signed the Build Africa Act

Congress has approved $60Billion for Development in Africa

Facilitating International Public Private Partnerships

Archival Institute believes the solution to these problems lies in reciprocal partnerships that enable US companies to build infrastructure in developing countries in desperate need of things like electricity and clean water while also updating critical infrastructure inside the US. With this approach, the US can take the lead in global infrastructure development while boosting jobs and stimulating national and international trade. 

It’s important for multinational companies to understand the differences between high risk areas like Somalia or Chad, and relatively stable countries like DR Congo, what the economic opportunities are in each place, and the changing situations on the ground affecting security and trade. Archival Institute helps companies realize their potential for cross-development projects between infrastructure building nationally and internationally.

Disruptive Technologies to Overcome Global Infrastructure Demands

Disruptive technologies such as self-driving vehicles, drone delivery and surveillance, smart roads, and other automation including 3D printing and new construction materials should be utilized to redefine transportation infrastructure. Imagine of smart roads and road repairs could be printed by machines that require less expense of human capital. Imagine if some roadsides contained superconducting energy cables underground. Imagine high-rise towers constructed with solar conducting concrete. What if these property owners could sell the electricity generated by each building. The technology to outthink our biggest challenges is here.

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