What constitutes national security in the semiconductor industry?: a look at the competing views surrounding DoD's support of semiconductors
Johnson, William A.
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This thesis examines the current views surrounding federal support of the semiconductor industry, specifically from the Department of Defense. 'National security' is often cited as a reason for federal intervention in the industry. How well founded are the arguments for this support? The current situation in the domestic semiconductor industry is examined, and the industry's explanations for recent changes in market position are identified. Prevailing economic theory is reviewed for possible alternative explanations. Industry views are then examined in light of this economic theory, and appropriate federal actions are recommended. Since these recommendations focus on the macroeconomic forces influencing the balance of trade, they will benefit the semiconductor industry and the economy as a whole.
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