The Department of Defense Manufacturing USA institutes collectively represent nearly 1,000 organizations including defense and commercial manufacturers of all sizes, universities, community colleges, and state and local economic developers in active partnership with the US Federal government. Since 2012, the DoD has established eight Manufacturing USA institutes, combining more than $600 million in federal investment with $1.2 billion in matching funds from industry, academia and state governments to form centers of excellence promoting US competitiveness.
Each institute is its own public-private partnership and innovation ecosystem providing access to world-class pilot manufacturing facilities that complement member capabilities."
The Knowledge and Innovation for Manufacturing Initiative provides leads the education and workforce development efforts for AIM Photonics, and works with many of the other institutes in such areas as technician training and online education.
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