Northrop Grumman is taking up Obama’s call to invest in domestic technology and job creation through education. The defense technology company is one of 11 manufacturing representatives involved with a national initiative that will provide more than $500 million in investments to fund emerging technologies that can increase the energy efficiency of industrial facilities and create manufacturing jobs.
The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership will be initially supported by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley and University of Michigan at the university level. Northrop Grumman will join Allegheny Technologies, Caterpillar, Corning, Dow Chemical, Ford, Honeywell, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and Stryker in supporting the initiative at the manufacturing level.
A.M.P. will target target funding for information technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology-areas considered by the government to be fields that lead to job creation and increased status within the global market. The initiative will also receive funding from a three-year, $120 million investment from the Energy Department in support of the energy efficiency aspect of the initiative.
“Imagine if America was first to develop and mass-produce a new treatment that kills cancer cells, but leaves healthy ones untouched… Imagine how many workers and businesses and consumers would prosper from those breakthroughs,” Obama told the audience at the initiative’s June 24 unveiling at Carnegie Mellon. “The purpose of this partnership is to prove that the United States of America has your back, is going to be supporting you — because that’s the kind of adventurous, pioneering spirit that we need right now.”
A.M.P. is being developed upon recommendation of Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and has released a report, “Ensuring Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing,” calling for a partnership between government, industry and academia to identify challenges and produce opportunities to improve employment and technologies in the U.S. manufacturing industry.