can repeat the question, but am I bright enough to ask it?"
I suspect, however, that what you really want is advice on how to use our scientific advantage to gain economic and military advantages. We dominate the world in science, and this science helps us to dominate the world. But, the price is high. Many in other countries see the United States not as the leading light, but as a bully that uses its scientific powers only to advance its own interests. Yes, I know we do much that benefits other countries, and it must be frustrating to you that these efforts get so little notice. Nonetheless, many people hate us and see our science as an instrument of imperialism.
You can change this, and science can help. We are coming to new explanations of how relationships work. Trading favors is only the beginning; a reputation for fulfilling commitments is equally important. Your current policies demonstrate that you understand the importance of convincing others that we will fulfill military commitments even when they are not in our direct interests. There is also power in fulfilling commitments to help others even when no benefit is expected.
few generous actions based on values, not interests, would change how
the world sees us. Here is one way to proceed. You could create a new
organization, call it The World Science Collaboration, to tackle
problems that other countries find urgent. Provide them with resources
to deal with these problems, and with whatever help they request from
US scientists, many of whom will be eager to contribute to such an effort.
To work, this must not be aid with strings attached, but a gift without
any expectation of paybacks, financial or political. Once it is clear
that we are serious, the world will quickly realize that we do not always
use our science for ourselves.
I would be curious to hear your perspectives on this, and glad, if you would like, to discussion specific plans for implementation.