||Under the America COMPETES Act the federal government develops a national strategic plan for advanced manufacturing with stakeholder input from industry, academia non-profit organizations. The first of these quadrennial strategic plans was issued in 2018 (Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing). Federal officials are seeking your input in the development of the 2022-2026 National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. This Roundtable event is to solicit information from the Conference participants on where advanced manufacturing should go in the future and will follow questions to be issued in a public Request for Information from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Discussion topics may include, but are not limited to, the following questions:
1. Which emerging science and technology areas will be key to the next generation of advanced manufacturing? What should be the near-term and long-term technology development research and development (R&D) priorities for advanced manufacturing, the anticipated timeframe for achieving the objectives, and the metrics in assessing progress toward the objectives?
2. What are examples of technological, market, or business challenges that may best be addressed by public-private partnerships, and are likely to attract both participation and primary funding from industry?
3. How can federal agencies and federally funded R&D centers supporting advanced manufacturing R&D facilitate the transfer of research results, intellectual property, and technology into commercialization and manufacturing for the benefit of society to ensure sustainability, national security, and economic security?
4, How would you assess the state of the domestic advanced manufacturing workforce in the U.S? How can federal agencies and federally funded R&D centers develop, align, and strengthen all levels of advanced manufacturing education, training, and certification programs to ensure a high-quality, equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce that meets the needs of the sector and drives new advanced manufacturing jobs into the future?
5. How can the federal government assist in the development of regional public-private partnerships to achieve greater distribution of advanced manufacturing clusters or technology hubs, particularly in underserved regions of the country?
6. How do you assess the adequacy of the domestic advanced manufacturing supply chain and industrial base? How can federal agencies assist small and medium sized manufacturing companies to adopt advanced technologies and to develop a robust and resilient manufacturing supply chain to ensure the future products are made in all of America by all of America’s workforce? What are some infrastructure barriers and challenges in promoting manufacturing in all regions of the country?
7. The current Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing has three top-level goals, each with objectives and priorities: 1) Develop and transition new manufacturing technologies; 2) Educate, train, and connect the manufacturing workforce; and 3) Expand the capabilities of the domestic manufacturing supply chains. Are these goals still appropriate for the next 4-5 years? Are there additional top-level goals to consider?
8. Is there any additional information related to advanced manufacturing in the United Stated, not requested above, that you believe should be considered?