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IPC COMMUNITY 68 SUMMER 2023 In case you missed it, President Joe Biden recently issued a presidential determination that prioritizes the domestic development of printed circuit boards (PCBs) under the Defense Production Act (DPA). Translation: It is now a tenet of U.S. policy that manufacturing more of the building blocks of modern electronics in the United States is essen- tial to America's economic and national security. Most people take our modern electronic won- ders—from smartphones to medical monitors to air traffic control—for granted. We don't think about where these products come from, or what goes into making them. But the supply chain crisis spawned by the COVID pandemic was a wake-up call. Suddenly, leaders of business and government realized we didn't have enough domestic capacity to supply all the semiconductor chips needed to power our economy. That is why Congress last year enacted, and President Biden signed, the CHIPS and Science Act, which authorized the funding to implement the CHIPS Act of 2021 and expand U.S. output of semiconductor chips. Now, leaders of business and government are beginning to realize that merely producing more chips is not enough. Semiconductors are Good News for U.S. National Security ADVOCACY By Chris Mitchell, Vice President, IPC Global Government Relations Photo credit: U.S. Marine Corps LCpl Bridgette Rodriguez, 07-07-23

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