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Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on High Performance Microchip Supply
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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The microelectronics industry, supplier of hardware capability that underlies much of Americas modern military leadership technology, is well into a profound restructuring leading to horizontal consolidation replacing the past vertically integrated company structure. One unintended result of this otherwise sound industry change is the relocation of critical microelectronics manufacturing capabilities from the United States to countries with tower cost capital and operating environments. Trustworthiness and supply assurance for components used in critic at military and infrastructure applications are casualties of the migration. Further, while not the focus of the study per se, the U.S. national technological leadership may be increasingly challenged by these changing industry dynamics the poses long term national economic security concerns.
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