As a counter argument perhaps you don't want a fighter pilot firing a missile without actually looking at the control to do so
I think it's exactly the opposite. You don't want the pilot to lose focus to look at some controls in a fast-paced combat environment. That's why HOTAS was invented. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HOTAS
He prefers Morgoth, btw
I'd like to say: engineering,machine-building, mechanical engineering. Advanced toolmaking. Production of investition goods. But china is already a competition in high-skilled fields, even for germany.
And there is not a lot of money to be made in the creative industries.
Basic and applied research?
Oh, so there you are!