The United States remains the global leader in supporting science and technology (S&T) research and development, but only by a slim margin that could soon be overtaken by rapidly increasing Asian investments in knowledge-intensive economies.
Is this the answer why USA is a pioneer in innovation when its maths and science standing are not the top 1? Could be, see in the end its what kind of employment you are creating not what basic education level you have as there could be a time lag during which you can pick up your level to a higher one if you are in th right environ !!
See on www.physorg.com