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32 SMT007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2023 the Defense Production Act (DPA). Transla- tion: It is now a tenet of U.S. policy that man- ufacturing more of the building blocks of modern electronics in the United States is essential to America's economic and national security. American Made Advocacy: Taking the Fight to Capitol Hill E PCBAA hosted its second annual meeting, June 13–14, in Washington, D.C. It was great to see our founding members as well as many new corporate and individual members. On the first day, we heard from senior officials at the Departments of Commerce and Defense, as well as several members of the House and Senate. We spent the second day on Capitol Hill lobbying for the Protecting Circuit Boards and Substrates Act (PCBS). Northrop Grumman Opens Taipei Office, Names Country Executive E Global aerospace and defense leader Northrop Grumman has opened an office in Taiwan to accelerate access to the company's technolo- gies and strengthen partnerships with custom- ers and local industry. From AI to Nuclear: The Technologies Driving UK Space Exploration E e Space Exploration Technology Roadmap will guide research and development activ- ity and future funding decisions over the next decade, putting the UK's growing space sector in a stronger position to collaborate with inter- national partners including NASA, the Euro- pean Space Agency and JAXA ( Japan's space agency). And Now, a Word About Sustainability With Stanley Merritt, Northrup Grumman E IPC Community spoke with several members of IPC's Sustainability for Electronics Leader- ship Council on their company's sustainability mission, reasons for joining IPC's Council, and future Council leadership projects. Mil-Aero Design: Not Just Another High-rel Board E Meijing Liu, CID+, is a senior PCB designer for Microart Services, an EMS company in Markham, Ontario, Canada. She recently took a six-week mil-aero PCB design class from IPC's Kris Moyer, and she was surprised at how much content she was able to absorb in such a short time. I spoke with Meijing and we discussed some of her takeaways from the class, and how it has inspired her to pursue more design education in the future. Lockheed Martin: Flying High With Digital Twin E While at a conference in Dallas, Barry Matties listened to a presentation on digital twin from Don Kinard, a senior fellow at Lockheed Martin. Later, we reached out to Don, who was happy to provide a deeper understanding of the role of the digital twin in the manufacturing space. What does digital twin mean when the prod- uct your manufacture is an eight- or nine-figure combat aircra packed full of electronics? Good News for U.S. National Security E In case you missed it, President Joe Biden recently issued a presidential determina- tion that prioritizes the domestic develop- ment of printed circuit boards (PCBs) under

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