The Aspen Journal of Ideas

Essays, Commentary and Big ideas from the Aspen Institute

A National Security Analyst’s Take on the State of the Union Speech

The president’s comments last night in the State of the Union speech were notable from the perspective of a national security analyst for a number of reasons. For one thing, of course, relatively little attention was paid to the topic, only a few paragraphs in an hour-long speech, at a time when the number and […]

Why Women Are Essential to the Future of American Manufacturing

Manufacturers regularly and consistently report a shortage of skilled and semi-skilled workers for their firms. Shortages are most pronounced for skilled production workers, scientists, and engineers, and least evident for unskilled production workers. Unemployment in this sector is already below the national average (5.6 percent versus 6.5 percent), but the US Department of Labor reports […]