Skip to comments.With eye on China, DoD task force warns of IC drain
Posted on 04/26/2005 9:01:30 PM PDT by indthkr
WASHINGTON A Pentagon report amplifies growing concerns about the migration of semiconductor manufacturing from the U.S. to Asia, warning that the "alarming" rate of the shift to countries like China threatens U.S. national and economic security. The report by the Defense Science Board, a Pentagon advisory board made up of industry executives, academics and former DoD officials, said its greatest concern centered on diminishing sources of supply for microelectronics for military and intelligence applications.
"We urge greater than usual speed in implementing the recommendations of our study," William Howard, chairman of the Defense Science Board's Task Force on High Performance Microchip Supply, told military planners in a letter accompanying the report.
The group's primary conclusion was that DoD and its suppliers "face a major integrated circuit supply dilemma that threatens the security and integrity of classified and sensitive circuit design information, the superiority and correct functioning of electronic systems, system reliability, continued supply of long system-life and special technology components."
To ensure continued DoD access to advanced, secure manufacturing facilities, the task force recommended a broad U.S. effort to offset the movement of leading edge chip foundries to offshore locations. Specific measures recommended by the task fore included:
Urging strict compliance with World Trade Organization rules.
Strict enforcement of intellectual property laws.
Increased DoD and spy agency involvement in shaping government policies related to technology.
Increased university research funding to ensure U.S. competitiveness.
Continued spy agency monitoring of the global state of microelectronics. A key subtext for the report is the rise of China's semiconductor industry and its growing regional power. U.S. export controls have emerged as a major issue in flow of semiconductor technology to China. But experts said those controls are uneven at best.
The Pentagon has generally taken a hard line on technology exports to China, but other U.S. officials have said export licenses to China are considered on a case-by-case basis.
The task force report concluded that the 33-nation Wassenaar Arrangement covering exports of sensitive chip manufacturing equipment has failed to ensure "that potential adversaries do not have access to leading edge design and wafer fabrication equipment, technology and cell libraries."
It recommended that the U.S. negotiate bilateral agreements with Wassenaar members to harmonize export licensing procedures for semiconductor manufacturing gear and design tools.
It also called for a separate agreement on IC equipment exports with Taiwan, which has bankrolled much of China's chip industry.
"Of course the Klintoon admin & congress played a role in the present developments"
Don't worry fellows there is plenty of blame to go around.
"....plenty of blame to go around."
No doubt about that (probably including Dod).
Interesting approach to solve the problem, when you consider that a large percentage of graduate students in engineering are foreign nationals from Asia. I've always wondered how good are the export controls on sensitive technology that is researched and developed in our universities.
Unless there is a separate secure entities assosiated with the University(Los Alamos, LBNL, etc.) all research done on a university is in the public domain. Their are some work arounds and exceptions, of course.
Ther are many free traitors on this site and current republicans in office that see no problem with hoardes of US factories heading to china. Yes the stainmaster was guilty but since he has left office the factories have really migrated under Bush.
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