On Boeing, Innovation, Competition, and Job Cuts

What’s that old saying, actions speak louder than words? Boeing Chairman and CEO James McNerney stepped onto the soapbox on Feb. 19 to decry the quality of U.S. education, warning that the nation is producing too few STEM graduates—science, technology, engineering, and math—to compete against China, India, and “places in the Middle East.” Borrowing a term, he added in a speech in Chicago to alumni of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management that the U.S. faces an “innovation deficit.”

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