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Why I'm Running for President
This week, I am formally announcing my candidacy for the presidency of the United States. Here is my platform.
4. Upgrade our flagging infrastructure. I would support a bipartisan plan to create a fund to refurbish existing bridges, tunnels and roads, as well as build new ones—with modern technologies for safety and cost efficiencies. Under my plan, bridges would have RFID sensors to inform engineers when corrosion was present, while bridges, tunnels and roads would have RFID readers to measure traffic loads, so that preventive maintenance could be performed. And RFID would be used to monitor construction sites, in order to reduce the incidence of stolen materials, as well as materials for which the government is billed but that are never used.
5. Reduce government waste by using RFID to track goods and ensure accountability. The U.S. government has the largest operating budget of any organization on Earth, but who knows what each agency and department is buying, and who is consuming it? By tracking all of the consumables for each agency, we could streamline the government supply chain, and reduce fraud and waste.
6. Secure the pharmaceutical supply chain. The counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals and the importation of illegal medications is an increasing problem that is robbing drug companies of their research profits, and endangering the public health. I would forge a public-private sector partnership to develop ways in which RFID could be used to reduce counterfeiting and bring efficiencies to the pharmaceutical supply chain.
7. Make American manufacturers competitive once more. By fostering innovative uses of RFID in manufacturing, we could lower the cost of making goods in the United States, and rebuild the American manufacturing base.
8. Transform the American supply chain. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has been pioneering the use of active RFID in the supply chain since 1994. And yet, to date, none of the DOD's learnings have been transferred to the private sector. I intend to change that. Just as GPS and Internet technologies were made available to the private sector, the DOD reader infrastructure installed at U.S. ports and abroad would enable private companies to track shipping containers passing through many of the world's ports.
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