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Advanced manufacturing, national security and economics

For every dollar in manufacturing value added, $1.48 in additional value is created in other sectors, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Engineer Thomas Kurfess, who served as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, explains why innovation in advanced manufacturing is tied to economic prosperity and national security.

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