Here’s a radical concept. Cut the military spending back to where Clinton left it in 2000. Bring home all the troops all over the world. If anyone “has to have” our military there for protection of their freedoms or internal security, have them pay for it. Take that military money and pour it into government grants to medical research in our universities and industries.
I don’t think it would take long before we would regain our previous position in the world as the innovator (and supplier) of scientific and medical technology. Just a thought from a hater of war and a citizen that loves my country and believes in our capabilities.