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In his January 2012 State of the Union, the President of the United States launched a major, new initiative focused on strengthening the innovation, performance, competitiveness, and job-creating power of U.S. manufacturing called the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). In the absence of legislation creating the NNMI, the President has called on the Defense Department to stand up Institutes in defense relevant technology areas. Three institutes have been launched: America Makes - the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown, OH; the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago, IL; and the Lightweight and Modern Metals Innovation Institute in Detroit, MI. Representatives from all three institutes and the OSD ManTech program will be present to discuss how these institutes can help you succeed in manufacturing within the U.S.