In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issued America a D+ on their Report Card on America's Infrastructure. Since, that time Harry G. Broadman notes that America's infrastructure has fallen even further behind (believing it to be lucky if infrastructure received a D- today) and need its sexy back.
Broadman points out the important role that being able to safely carry American citizens, goods, data, and services across land, water, and air will play in our economic future. He also highlights what may happen if infrastructure is not properly addressed:
Without an infrastructure network providing for robust interconnections across our landmass of otherwise separate local markets, we’ll begin to look more like China or Russia—geographically large emerging market countries but with only a façade of operating as unified economic entities.