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To effectively mature and transition DoD manufacturing science and technology advances into production, DoD must have access to a robust and responsive U.S. industrial base which is often driven by advanced manufacturing technologies. The Manufacturing USA institutes are considered crucial and game-changing catalysts that are bringing together innovative ecosystems in various technology and market sectors critical to DoD and the nation.

Since 2012, DoD has invested $600 million directly in its Manufacturing USA institutes with the understanding that the initial federal investment included (1) core funding and (2) one-time, start-up funding to establish the institutes within a period of 5 to 7 years. As the institutes now begin to reach year five, DoD is evaluating the effectiveness of the institutes in fulfilling their goals and the best on-going roles for the federal government, including on-going funding options, to ensure optimal benefit to U.S. competitiveness. This report reviews the role of DoD's investment to date in establishing its eight institutes as public—private partnerships and its engagement with each institute after it has matured beyond the start-up period.

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ISBN-13: 9780309491389
Publisher: National Academies Press
Publication date: 08/01/2019
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1

1 DoD Manufacturing USA Institutes: Background and Study Design 7

Business Models Used to Stand Up and Operate the DoD Institutes 11

DoD Manufacturing USA Strategy 14

Design of This Study 15

2 Lessons Learned and Operating Changes to Consider 18

Value Proposition by Stakeholder Group 18

Stakeholder Perspectives on Current Operations 24

Stakeholder Perspectives on Improvements 33

3 Alternate Public-Private Partnership Options 42

4 DoD Long-Term Manufacturing Institutes' Strategy: Business Model Options and Implications 50

Option A Current Model with Planned Reduction in DoD Support for Core Activities 51

Option B Current Model with Improvements to Processes, Offerings, and Value-Based Core Funding 52

Option C Transition to DoD Customer Model 53

Option D Transfer Core Responsibilities to the National Program Office at NIST 56

Option E No Core Funding of Institutes Beyond Initial Investment 57

5 Committee Findings and Recommendations

Findings 59

Recommendations 61

6 Follow-on Consensus Study 65

Potential Topics 66

Proposed Method and Timeline 73

7 Afterword-Rationale for Continued Engagement with the Institutes 74


A Statement of Task 85

B Institutes' Offerings Value Proposition Rankings by Stakeholder 86

C Summary of Potential Improvements to the DoD Institutes' Offerings 96

D Summary of Potential improvements Related to the DoD Institutes' Strategy Goals 111

E Committee Member Biographical Information 119

F Acronyms 125

G Other Resource Documents 127

H Workshop Agenda and Participant List 128

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