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Week of May 02, 2023

Welcome back to the Critical Technologies Market Insider! In this issue, you will find:

  • Commentary on barriers to entry and supply chain risk mitigation
  • Data analysis and news stories on select critical technology areas
  • Information on upcoming events for critical technologies and small businesses


DOD Should Take Actions to Strengthen Its Supplier Risk Mitigation Approach

Figure 1: Department of Defense-Identified Industrial Base Risk Types and Root Causes

As part of our work on Barriers to Entry and Commercialization, we are reviewing many reports including one by GAO that highlights risks to DoD’s current supplier base and actions that can be taken to mitigate it. Raj Sharma, our Founder, posted a summary with commentary on the report.

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Market Snapshot: Understanding the Ecosystem of Research Institutions for Spacecraft On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM)

Figure 2: Breakdown of Research Institutions Ecosystem for OSAM Capabilities

To help a federal government agency better understand the R&D ecosystem for On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM) of space assets, we employed PSF’s AI-MI to match research institutions, determine what OSAM capability areas they are researching, and at what TRL Levels they were conducting R&D.  From our analysis, it is evident that the relocation and inspection of legacy assets already in space is a major area of research interest.

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Meet DARPA Program Managers to Learn About Billions in R&D Funding

Billions in funding! Yes, DARPA regularly funds billions in R&D projects from early-stage research to prototyping and development so you don’t want to miss this! Join May 9th, virtually or in Indianapolis.

You will get a chance to meet/hear from many DARPA program managers/leaders:

Ms. Jennifer Thabet, J.D., PMP, J.D., PMP, Program Director, Small Business Programs Office (SBPO), DARPA

Dr. Kerri Dugan, Office Director, Biological Technologies Office (BTO), DARPA

Dr. Benjamin Griffin, Program Manager, Microsystems Technology Office (MTO), DARPA

Dr. Reginald Cooper , Program Manager, Strategic Technology Office (STO), DARPA

Dr. Andrew Detor, Program Manager, Defense Sciences Office, DARPA

Mr. Mark Jones, Contract Specialist, DARPAMs.

Natalie Tedder Kent, Contract Specialist, DARPA

Dr. William Kiser, Chief Technology Officer, Applied Research Institute

Mr. John Maddox, Executive Navigator, Tougaloo College Research and Development Foundation

Mr. Richard Leonard, Director, Federal Programs, Applied Research Institute

Ms. Natasha Jensen-Matta, Director, Small Business, Indiana Economic Development Corporation

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National Small Business Week! April 30 – May 6, 2023

The U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE are hosting a free, virtual National Small Business Week Virtual Summit on May 2-3, 2023. The summit offers business owners an opportunity to learn new business strategies, network with other owners, and chat with industry experts. The event includes educational sessions, online business resources, and expert speakers.

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Top Stories on Critical Technologies

CHIPS for America Outlines Vision for the National Semiconductor Technology Center

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a strategy paper detailing the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) vision, a research and development program established by President Biden’s CHIPS and Science Act. The NSTC aims to extend U.S. leadership in semiconductor research, design, engineering, and advanced manufacturing and build and sustain a semiconductor workforce development ecosystem. The center will work with academic and industry partners and offer programs for the entire ecosystem, including research institutions, community colleges, state and local governments, national labs, foundries, integrated device manufacturers, equipment vendors, materials suppliers, labor unions, and investors.

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DOE to Announce $30 Million MAKE IT Prize to Accelerate Manufacturing of Critical Clean Energy Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy is launching the Manufacture of Advanced Key Energy Infrastructure Technologies Prize, which will offer approximately $30 million in funding to encourage the domestic manufacturing of clean energy technology components. The prize is designed to move manufacturing facilities from planning to shovel-ready and promote vibrant manufacturing activity in communities. The prize has two tracks: a facilities track for building domestic manufacturing facilities for clean energy components, and a strategies track for teams promoting clean energy manufacturing activity in their regions. The prize will be launched in summer 2023.

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NSF hosts Government, Industry Leaders to Discuss the Future of 6G Technology

The U.S. National Science Foundation hosted a workshop called “6G: Open and Resilient by Design” on April 21, which brought together industry, academia, civil society, and government leaders to discuss next-generation wireless technologies and services. The workshop aimed to survey information on R&D and standardization activities leading up to 6G so the U.S. can promote global competitiveness, affordability, security, resiliency, openness, and interoperability. The workshop discussed topics such as trusted technology, global connectivity, and novel materials and manufacturing. NSF also recently released a call for partnerships to advance Next-Generation Networks and Computing Systems, including 6G networks and services.

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DHS S&T and CISA Forge Deep Partnership in Emerging Tech R&D

The US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate are collaborating to deploy emerging technologies such as AI, advanced sensors, and data modeling for national security. CISA is overseeing cyber-specific applications while S&T is testing and developing the technology. They are exploring emerging technologies that can be incorporated into areas under threat, particularly US infrastructure. The two agencies are examining quantum encryption systems to strengthen the security of classical computing networks before quantum computers become viable.

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