Reports and Working Papers

Given this attention, the Manufacturing Policy Initiative (MPI) at Indiana University has undertaken a project to compare the presidential candidates on issues of importance to U.S. manufacturing. The report does not advocate for any particular candidate, party, or policy proposal, and the assessment presented here is an educational tool that is not intended to represent the views of the O’Neill School or Indiana University. The purpose of the report is to highlight the positions of the major candidates and identify areas of agreement or disagreement to inform anyone with an interest in U.S. manufacturing.

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Archived Candidate Reports

March 2019 Capitol Hill Report

The future of manufacturing lies in smart manufacturing—defined as the integration of sensors, controls, and software platforms to optimize performance at the production unit, plant, and supply chain levels. This publication explores the crucial role of information governance (covering artificial intelligence, technical standards, cybersecurity, and digital trade) on smart manufacturing.

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