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Baseline Industry Analysis, Advance Ceramics Industry
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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The U.S. Advanced Ceramics Industry is identified as a critical technology by the Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, and the National Critical Technologies Panel. Advanced Ceramics, which include ceramic matrix composites, are found in every major weapons system in the U.S. inventory. Like many of our subtier technologies, the U.S. has long maintained the lead in research and development of new applications while most production has moved overseas. This paper reviews the current status of the industry. In light of a decreasing DOD budget for both RD and production, it offers a series of policy recommendations to help ensure the industry stays responsive to the needs of this country.
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