Accession Number : ADA138104

Title :   Mobilization and Defense Management Technical Reports Series. U.S. Dependency on Foreign Sources for Components: The Case of Semiconductors.

Descriptive Note : Research rept. 1982-1983,


Personal Author(s) : Caccamise,R J ; Fitzgerald,J S ; Mount,M H ; Richards,D J ; Sale,R T , III

PDF Url : ADA138104

Report Date : Mar 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 56

Abstract : Since the 1960's, the United States semiconductors industry moved labor intensive operations off-shore to take advantage of the lower cost labor. Although design and fabrication is primarily done in the United States, most, if not all, U.S. firms have assembly plants located off-shore. Semiconductors marketed domestically have been for the most part re-exported to the United States after assembly. This study was undertaken to investigate the foreign dependency of the military resulting from the use of semiconductors which are manufactured totally or in part off-shore and to determine, if possible, its impact on military mobilization. Semiconductors are critical components in most of today's military hardware. A foreign dependency poses potential problems in meeting the expanded production of the hardware should the United States have to mobilize for war.

Descriptors :   *Semiconductor devices, *International trade, Sources, Industries, Economics, Marketing, Policies, Foreign technology, United States, Japan

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE