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Microelectronics Topics: Supply Chain & Partnering Innovation

Microelectronics Topics: Supply Chain & Partnering Innovation

Microelectronics Topics: Supply Chain & Partnering Innovation
Bill Kobren

Two recent publications of interest related to the topics of supply chain innovation and partnering as it relates to the important topic of microelectronics include:

According to a Department of Defense press release last week entitled “DoD Seeking Information for Public-Private Microelectronic Commons”, “the Department of Defense issued a federal register notice requesting information from academia, startups, small businesses, government labs, and domestic semiconductor manufacturers in pursuit of a public-private partnership that will create regional hubs of microelectronics innovation.”

Additionally, the RAND National Security Research Division yesterday issued a related report entitled “Securing the Microelectronics Supply Chain: Four Policy Issues for the U.S. Department of Defense to Consider”, saying in part ”…the authors analyze how the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) could create a coordinated effort to mitigate microelectronics supply chain risk. They explore DoD's demand for microelectronics and reasons why supply chain risk management strategies are necessary to mitigate microelectronics supply chain disruptions. They also consider the appropriate mix of policy levers to promote a microelectronics technology ecosystem that is aligned with U.S. strategic goals.”

For those who may not be familiar with the issuers of the latter report, the RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. Inclusion of a link to this report here is for defense acquisition workforce informational and professional development purposes and does not imply DAU or DoD endorsement of any particular organization, document, findings or recommendations.