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Army to Make Big Investments in Advanced Manufacturing

October 22, 2019 / Stew Magnuson

The Army wants to incorporate advanced manufacturing techniques in everything from advanced engines made by defense contractors, down to the lowest echelons of deployed troops who could 3D print items in the field, senior service leaders said recently. The Army is watching what is going on in the commercial industrial sector and we want in, said Alexis Ross, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for strategy and acquisition reform, in a news briefing at the Association of the United States Army's annual conference in Washington, D.C. Further, near-peer competitors such as China are making great gains in the field. We are seeing not only the industry do it, but we're also seeing our near-peer adversaries. And this is what is particularly motivating and why we're talking such a big effort in this right now, she said.