WH Seeks Input on Bigger Federal Role in Advanced Manufacturing

From the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy:

Posted by Deborah Stine on April 07, 2010 at 02:52 PM EDT
Today, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) launched a website to gather public opinion on the future of advanced manufacturing. We hope you will join the conversation at http://pcast.ideascale.com.

PCAST is an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers, appointed by the President to augment the science and technology advice available to him from inside the White House and from cabinet departments and other federal agencies. One topic it is currently addressing is advanced manufacturing. PCAST has a number of questions regarding advanced manufacturing that could best be answered with the help of public input. PCAST asks that you provide responses to any or all of the following questions by 5:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 20, 2010.

Many questions follow to encourage comments, fitting under the categories:

  • Support for new manufacturing technologies
  • Support for new manufacturing firms
  • Support for existing manufacturing firms
  • A national manufacturing strategy

Although, for the sake of accuracy, the categories might be better listed as:

  • Federal support for new manufacturing technologies
  • Federal support for new manufacturing firms
  • Federal support for existing manufacturing firms
  • A national manufacturing strategy directed by the federal government.

The premise, it appears to us, is that industrial policy is a given and it should be directed more toward applied R&D. An informed debate would also consider the question: How would reducing the federal government’s role in the private sector encouraging advanced manufacturing?

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