Accession Number:

ADA475040

Title:

Electronics Industry

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2007-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

This report is an analysis of a critical U.S. sector by the fellows of the Electronics Industry Seminar at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces ICAF, Class of 2007. The report is the culmination of a focused series of classroom seminar sessions and meetings with industry, government, and academic leaders through field studies in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, New York State, Silicon Valley California, Taiwan, and China. This approach provides a wide range of perspectives from which to examine the selected industrys current condition, outlook, and challenges. The electronics industry, fueled largely by semiconductors, is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the world. Advances in this industry increased productivity and led to numerous innovations in science, education, healthcare, and other industries across all sectors of the U.S. economy. U.S. leadership in the industry propelled economic growth and enabled the country to lead the world in innovation and advanced military technologies. In recent years, however, an increasing number of global semiconductor activities have shifted to Asia. This change is beginning to threaten U.S. defense supplies and technological advantages, and weaken the countrys economic strength in technology-based industries. The report recommends policies to counter or mitigate this trend and achieve goals related to national security, industry competitiveness, or both. In general terms, the government needs to protect key technologies, enforce fair trade agreements, stimulate innovative capacity, and enhance the business environment for semiconductor companies in America.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE