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Key Policies

Key Policies


National Policy

US policy in advanced manufacturing is driven by a conviction that innovation drives U.S. economic growth and growth of U.S. productivity, and that manufacturing is an essential component of an innovation ecosystem.  Several key reports commissioned by President Obama in recent years have made the case for the United States to support advanced manufacturing, believing it to be a keystone for future economic strength (and national security).  Principle among these are two reports from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in 2011 and 2012, which underpin the national strategic plan:


Ensuring American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing starkly acknowledges the decline in American manufacturing leadership.  It stresses the need for an “innovation policy” while explicitly rejecting the pursuit of an industrial policy.  The reports key recommendations are the establishment of an Advanced Manufacturing Initiative, reform of tax policies, and improved support for research, education and workforce training.


Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing contains sixteen recommendations from the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee.  Those sixteen recommendations are developed around three pillars – enabling Innovation, securing the talent pipeline, and improving the business climate.  Specific emphasis was given to energy policy in the promotion of domestic manufacturing, and the report recommends incentives and R&D policies towards enhancing energy efficiency and conservation, increasing and diversifying domestic supplies, speeding development of renewable sources and transitioning to a low carbon economy.


The 2012 National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing recommends meeting five objectives:

  • Accelerate investment in advanced manufacturing technology, especially by small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises, by fostering more effective use of Federal capabilities and facilities, including early procurement by Federal agencies of cutting-edge products.
  • Expand the number of workers who have the skills needed by a growing advanced manufacturing sector and make the education and training system more responsive to the demand for skills.
  • Create and support national and regional public-private, government-industry-academic partnerships to accelerate investment in and deployment of advanced manufacturing technologies.
  • Optimize the Federal government’s advanced manufacturing investment by taking a portfolio perspective across agencies and adjusting accordingly.
  • Increase total U.S. public and private investments in advanced manufacturing research and development (R&D).