TD-10 (Technology-Democracies 10)
May 1, 2020
Facilitate the Establishment of the TD-10 (Technology-Democracies 10)
Establish an initial group of ten to twelve like-minded countries that will focus on the development, protection, dissemination, development and use of emerging technologies. This coalition will grow over time and serve as the stewards of technology norms for advanced technologies for the coming decades. The objectives are twofold: Protect strategic assets of allies and facilitate development in next generation technologies.
Strategic adversaries are targeting technology assets with a range of malign practices including theft, deception, unfair trade practices, intimidation, financial seduction, frivolous litigation, cyberattack, forced technology transfer, coercion, and retaliation.
Safeguarding American assets requires an effort beyond the scope of any individual, company, or government agency. It requires trusted partnerships between private and public sectors, and especially our closest technological allies in areas of investment screening, export controls, and intellectual property theft as well as solidarity in demanding reciprocity and transparency from all countries.
The TD-10 has the ability to engage industry and academia to accelerate development in initially the 10 critical innovation sectors of the Economic Security Strategy: semiconductors, AI, wireless communications, quantum, cybersecurity, space, autonomous vehicles, smart manufacturing, biotechnology, and advanced energy technologies. It will assign countries segments of expertise to maximize the investment of allied technology development; engage industry in creating blended public/private funding mechanisms; agree on levels of government-funded research; and secure critical supply chains.
The TD-10 (or TD-12) would bring together countries that are both advanced democracies and are leaders in technological infrastructure and technical capabilities that exist outside of government. These countries would use this mechanism to coordinate responses to the types of technological questions that threaten the existing world order. An initial list of countries that meet these criteria would include such members as the United States, Japan Germany, France, the Netherlands, Britain, India, Israel, Canada, South Korea, Sweden, and possibly Taiwan. are also logical candidates.