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84 SMT007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2022 It has come the time for a national strategy, in a delib- erative and comprehensive manner, to address the critical materials/minerals. Doing so is increasingly crit- ical to the long-term economy, national security, and the nation's global competitiveness. With the handling of conflict minerals as an exemplar, there is perhaps an even more urgent need to rally another concerted effort to tackle the critical materials/minerals. I read the other day that the best place to get a referral or a testimonial is from your part- ners, the people who you work with. Things have changed. Now, your customers are the very peo- ple to ask and get a reference from. They are, after all, the ones who have the most vested interest in helping you succeed. IPC EMS Leadership Summit: Peer Solutions to Supply Chain and Labor Development EMS leaders gathered for the EMS Leadership Summit in January at IPC APEX EXPO. Expert and peer presentations on priorities ranging from the economy to the supply chain, cybersecurity, and software were interspersed with peer-to- peer discussions on several key topics. SMT Perspectives and Prospects: Critical Materials, A Compelling Case, Part 1 David Pogue: Is the Fear of Change Holding Us Back? David Pogue, an American technology and science writer and TV presenter, sat down with the I-Connect007 Editorial Team after his keynote presentation at IPC APEX EXPO to talk about today's technology, the breakthroughs that have shaped our current landscape, and whether fear of change and innovation is what's keeping us from the next technological revolution. Anaya Vardya Standard of Excellence: Partners Help Each Other TOP TEN EDITOR'S PICKS

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