- Consumer behavior
- The environment
- Coping with increased government involvement
- Restructuring of corporate portfolios
- Shifting supply chains
- Air travel
With the exception of the “corporate portfolios” comment (which is very vaguely discussed), most of these get a lot of play in the media, and I won’t belabor them.
For a good take on making strategic R&D a part of our US national economic security foundation, see this Issues article: