Among today’s many fast-moving changes are the very real prospect of U.S. energy independence, the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing, and the advent of 3D printing. Each brings implications for national-security policy changes and challenges.
Citigroup analysts report that because of hydraulic fracking, the new gas-drilling technology, we are the world’s fastest-growing oil and natural-gas producer. Including the output from Canada and Mexico, North America is becoming the new Middle East. Citigroup suggests that the United States, and perhaps all of North America, may be able to achieve energy independence by 2020.