Onshoring Defense Microelectronics Production (.PDF Download)

Jan. 6, 2021

As more companies consider reshoring and onshoring their manufacturing operations, Uncle Sam is taking a similar stance with some electronics components. The $740 billion 2021 National Defense Authorization Act includes the requirement that the Department of Defense (DOD) stop using circuit boards produced in China, Russia and other “potentially adversarial” countries in its mission systems.

According to FCW, the bill prohibits DOD from buying circuit boards used for mission-critical functions from these countries starting in 2023, with exceptions for commercial-off-the-shelf products and services. “The legislation also names North Korea and Iran as off-limits, but the U.S. already has rules in place banning most trade with either country,” FCW points out.

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