Now, if all US companies spent 10% of their budget on breakthrough technology, imagine how far ahead the US could be from the rest of the pack whom are quickly catching up.
Creating breakthrough technology 'wastes money'. But the biggest waste is having the money in the bank do nothing but help the bloated financial industry, while only focusing on slightly improving current systems. Improving current systems is always a race to the bottom, with the winner being the biggest loser. Disruptive development is the key to truly being ahead of the pack.