To compete and thrive in the 21st century, democracies, and the United States in particular, must develop new national security and economic strategies that address the geopolitics of information. In the 20th century, market capitalist democracies geared infrastructure, energy, trade, and even social policy to protect and advance that era’s key source of power—manufacturing. In this century, democracies must better account for information geopolitics across all dimensions of domestic policy and national strategy.
Robert A. Frosch is a theoretical physicist by education. (AB, Columbia College, '47 and Ph.D., Columbia University, '52). He conducted research in ocean acoustics at Columbia and later served as Director for Nuclear Test Detection, and Deputy Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in the Department of Defense, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research and Development (ASNR&D), Assistant Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Associate Director for Applied Oceanography of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Administrator of NASA, President of the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES), and Vice President of General Motors Corporation (GM) in charge of Research Laboratories. He retired from GM in 1993 before joining the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Foreign Member of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and a fellow or member of a number of professional societies.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm