The resiliency and determination of America’s sense of justice was thrust into a spirit of rejoicing on Sunday evening May 1, 2011, when President Barack Obama addressed the world, confirming Osama bin Laden’s demise in Pakistan. While watching the breaking TV news coverage, I began to share that sense of accomplishment and joy, less for the act of neutralizing the thought leader and chief architect of 9/11 and other atrocities against Americans, and more for the fortitude and resolve demonstrated by the U.S. commander-in-chief, our military forces, and intelligence agencies. I found myself thinking of what this type of public resolve implies for the future state of our Manufacturing economy in the U.S., whose resurgence is essential to the country’s defenses, global leadership, and the health and prosperity of our citizens, along with those of other democratic nations.
Cisco’s Chet Namboodri, Global Director for Manufacturing Industry Solutions and Marketing, discusses the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) proposals for Revitalizing American Manufacturing.
President Obama’s determination coming into office in January 2009 to recommit U.S. resources to bring justice to bin Laden, and the U.S. intelligence and military’s subsequent success bodes well as I consider his commitment to U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, infrastructure build-out and job creation articulated during the President’s January 2011 State of the Union address. During the last several quarters, I have had the privilege to present on behalf of Cisco to the Office of the President as part of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), a broad cross section of manufacturers, technology suppliers, manufacturing consortia, government laboratories and research universities across industry segments pulling together to recommend programs to revitalize U.S. manufacturing.
SMLC ‘Smart Manufacturing’ programs convene companies, universities, labs and manufacturing consortia to collaborate with government agencies to standardize the secure convergence of IT with industrial control and optimization software and enhance industrial plant and supply chain data visibility and responsiveness. SMLC establishes a clearinghouse, gateway and technology transfer platform for core and community sourced simulation and modeling tools that unleash more meaningful uses for this “manufacturing intelligence.” SMLC supports access by small, medium and large enterprises, to facilitate shorter cycles and wider adoption across entire industries.
Government funding stimulates new overall investment and is needed to make economically viable the development, application and training associated with these transformational technologies. For example, the European Union funded 1.2B Euros for a “Factories of the Future” public-private partnership in 2009, as part of a stimulus package. The EU recognizes that Manufacturing is the backbone for sustainable growth of a 21st century economy.
Please let me know what you think (i.e., please COMMENT) about public-private partnerships as a means to help unify the nation to focus and fund the sustainable revitalization of American manufacturing for global competitiveness and economic prosperity.