In 2015, global commerce is projected to be worth over $300 billion. The interlinked and international nature of this economy makes exponential growth quite lucrative, yet this economy also becomes increasingly susceptible to a range of risks from organized crime and terrorist groups to emerging technology. Take 3D printing—the technology
has been around for decades but
now that it is commercially viable and readily available, it presents a myriad of unprecedented threats. With anyone able to print any physical object for which a blueprint exists, this technology has the potential to fundamentally change the economies of scale for small, innovative enterprises and may revolutionize the entire manufacturing industry. Dynamic disruptions, such
as these, will force governments
and industry to re-imagine policies
and business practices related to the movement of goods and people to remain competitive in this new global order. Governments, in particular, will have the opportunity to envision and realize Smart Borders—a border security and management paradigm that can create safer, more standard and cost effective demarcations.