It is surprising that this issue would come up, as military or any trade secret has always been protected either by our government or the private manufacturers who become patent hoarders even when the need for drugs, for example is a matter of life and death!
The real issue before us presently is that China , in particular, has spent more money than us on research and development and this has caused advancements to Pat with our own technology and in the case of stem cell and cyber communication they have become more advanced than we have been!!
This poses a problem because we will no longer be able to use them as manufacturers of our products for cheaper wages! Their wages have increased to a point that it is no longer cheap to produce manufactured goods in China! China has move to robotics in order to stay on top with respect to manufacture and an aging population!
The good news about this is that in some instances we will automate and produce these products here! The increased number of jobs will not be significant due to robotics ! The bad news is that automation will continue to develop in our society which will result in more unemployment!!
The solution lies in generally understanding that corporations are not our best friends and that they have hijacked our government! If we understand that then establishing remedies will make sense! Republicans and establishment Democrats have bought into establishing policies for the billionaires in return for financial gain while in office and the blocking of measures that provide an economic safety net for Americans!
Presently Democrats have introduced measures to curb assault weapons, protect election integrity, as well as infrastructure bills for better roads and bridges, etc. These bills are prevented from reaching the Senate floor by Moscow McConnell!! For as long as Republicans have the majority in the Senate every bill for our benefit will die with no chance of becoming law!! That is how billionaires increase their advantage while we suffer!!
But to go back to the specific question at hand. It does not hurt to protect our technology! But from now on it’s China’s technology that we will be stealing! That has always and is our business as usual!
If we are able to become a democracy again we will continue to beat all countries in development!! If we continue to be a Roman Republic with patricians on top and WE THE PEOPLE,de facto slaves in the bottom, that is a recipe for continuing decay!! We are better than this!!