Semiconductors are the foundation of the advanced technologies that regular citizens and military officials rely on — from cell phones and laptops to fighter jets. But the global shortage amidst soaring demand during the pandemic for electronic devices is illuminating supply chain issues and vulnerabilities for the United States.
… The report noted that one recent success story is the new Skywater Technology Foundry in Bloomington, Minnesota, which is the first new semiconductor fab to open in the United States in a generation.
Through a combination of Defense Department investment and private equity capital, the facility is producing integrated circuits for the automotive, computing and cloud, consumer, industrial and medical sectors, the study said. Additionally, it is making radiation-hardened microelectronics that are critical for military space operations.
Read the article in National Defense Magazine: https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/5/21/semiconductor-shortage-shines-light-on-weak-supply-chain