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On behalf of the electronics industry, I commend the White House for the release today of a sweeping and detailed assessment of the nation’s defense industrial base. The report reflects more than a year of painstaking data collection, sector by sector analysis, and industry engagement.
IPC and its members look forward to studying the report and its recommendations in the coming days and weeks, and we welcome the report’s larger conclusion that the U.S. electronics industry needs to be strengthened. Moreover, we enthusiastically endorse the report’s support for federal workforce development initiatives.
IPC has a long history of partnership with the U.S. Defense Department and support for a comprehensive approach to shoring the defense electronics supply chain. Earlier this year, IPC championed Section 845 of the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act which requires the Defense Department to provide Congress an assessment of the defense electronics industrial base by January 31, 2019.
IPC is optimistic that the two reports will complement each other and bring greater focus to the important task of revitalizing key segments of the US. electronics supply chain.
IPC is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 4,400 member-company sites which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; Brussels, Belgium; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore and New Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.