Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report earlier this week titled Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing. The report was prepared by the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee.

Advanced manufacturing is not limited to emerging technologies; rather, it is composed of efficient, productive, highly integrated, tightly controlled processes across a spectrum of globally competitive U.S. manufacturers and suppliers. For advanced manufacturing to accelerate and thrive in the United States, it will require the active participation of communities, educators, workers, and businesses, as well as Federal, State, and local governments.

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee proposes that the Nation establish a national advanced manufacturing strategy. This strategy will serve as a national framework that, when implemented by states and local communities, will bring about a sustainable resurgence in advanced manufacturing in the United States.

The AMP Steering Committee developed a set of 16 recommendations around three pillars:

• Enabling innovation
• Securing the talent pipeline
• Improving the business climate

These recommendations are aimed at reinventing manufacturing in a way that ensures U.S. competitiveness, feeds into the Nation’s innovation economy, and invigorates the domestic manufacturing base. The objective is to position the Nation to lead the world in new disruptive advanced manufacturing technologies that are changing the face of manufacturing.
The AMP Steering Committee believes that a number of important steps taken now will be critical to strengthen the Nation’s innovation system for advanced manufacturing. While some of the largest U.S. firms have the depth and resources to be ready for this challenge, a significant number of small and medium-sized U.S. firms operate largely outside the present innovation system. The United States will only lead in advanced manufacturing if all companies are able to participate in the transformations made possible through innovations in manufacturing.

The complete report can be accessed at: www.whitehouse.gov.


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