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National Manufacturing Workforce Plan

IKIM is conducting research to develop a policy plan related to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The DoD and the U.S. manufacturing economy are interdependent. The U.S. military relies on manufacturers – particularly small and medium manufacturing firms – to sustain the defense supply chain, and a substantial share of U.S. manufacturing firms count DoD as a customer. In response to declining U.S. manufacturing employment and concerns about a shortage in skills to important sectors, IKIM aims to develop a vision for how U.S. manufacturing can become more innovative, flexible, and competitive – and how government investments in the manufacturing workforce can contribute to those goals.


Advanced Technology, Advanced Training 

A New Policy Agenda for U.S. Manufacturing

May 2021

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