The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee 2.0, is a renewed, cross-sector, national effort to secure U.S. leadership in the emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance Americaís global competitiveness. The Steering Committee, whose members are among the Nation's leading lights in industry, academia, and labor, is a working group of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).
The new Steering Committee built upon the progress made by the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee, created by President Obama in 2011. As outlined in its landmark report released in 2012, Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing, that group proposed and ultimately catalyzed a number of priorities and initiatives to strengthen the U.S. advanced manufacturing sector.
The new 19 member Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) Steering Committee, working within the framework of PCAST and co-chaired by Andrew Liveris of The Dow Chemical Company and Rafael Reif of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, built on the work of the 2012 AMP to harness the efforts of manufacturers, educators, labor, and the public to catalyze advanced manufacturing in the United States.
Over the course of a year (2013-2014), the AMP Steering Committee 2.0 guided the implementation of the original AMP recommendations, including the creation of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. The members of AMP2.0 worked with industry, academia, labor, government, and the public to address the challenge of expanding advanced manufacturing across the United States. In addition, the AMP Steering Committee 2.0 identified strategies for securing U.S. leadership in emerging technologies, scaling manufacturing workforce development solutions, and addressing open policy questions on the path from technology innovation to production. A coalition of community colleges and companies developed a best-in-class apprenticeship model and launched a trial program with colleges in northern California and southern Texas. The Printed Electronics Pilot Project uncovered the types of technical and market information that small- and medium-sized manufacturers need to develop successful scale-up business plans. Five AMP2.0 regional meetings throughout the year and Manufacturing Day on October 3rd drove further momentum across the country.
The project identified a number of further steps the Federal government can take to further U.S. advanced manufacturing capabilities. With the Manufacturing Innovation Institutes as a cornerstone of the Nationís investment, implementing a Federal strategic plan in advanced manufacturing across all Federal activities from the Institutes to individual agency program areas is one important step. Two others are (1) ensuring that advanced manufacturing research addresses questions along the pipeline of technology maturity and (2) leveraging Federal organizations to improve information flow to manufacturers.
The impetus to convene the original Advanced Manufacturing Partnership was sparked by the June 2011 Report Ensuring American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which called for a partnership across government, industry, and academia to identify the most pressing challenges and transformative opportunities to improve the technologies, processes and products across multiple manufacturing industries.
On July 17, 2012, the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee, which operates within the framework of PCAST, issued a report detailing 16 recommendations "aimed at reinventing manufacturing in a way that ensures U.S. competitiveness, feeds into the nation's innovation economy, and invigorates the domestic manufacturing base." The committee's Report to the President on Capturing Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing addresses needs in three broad categories:
On October 27, 2014, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership report, Accelerating U.S. Advanced Manufacturing, was released detailing twelve recommendations. The report has been adopted by PCAST, which is led by John P. Holdren, science and technology advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Eric Lander, President of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. To ensure a cohesive Federal effort, PCAST recommended that the Executive Office of the President develop and release, within sixty days, a plan for the implementation of the AMP2.0 reportís recommendations.
To download the AMP 2.0 report, go to: PCAST AMP Steering Committee Report - Accelerating U.S. Advanced Manufacturing, October 27, 2014
To download the first report, go to: PCAST AMP Steering Committee Report - Final July 17 2012