The country that first controls and dominates emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing will have the power to re-shape the world to their benefit. The US federal government has historically been the source of breakthroughs in technology and science, but Silicon Valley now controls much of the technology development needed for future defense and weapons systems. Driven by profit, the private sector has been more open to dealing new technologies to foreign adversaries while the US national security apparatus has a vested interest in ensuring powerful new technologies remain unattainable to countries that may wish harm to the United States. This paper recommends changes to export laws to specifically address the quick pace of sensitive technological development in the private sector, and it advocates for new statutory authority to seize technology through eminent domain as a last resort.

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