?Surge’ Conference to Examine National Security

May 2, 2006 – The IAM will host a roundtable discussion on May 3-4 at its headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD to examine the nation’s shrinking industrial base and its lasting impact on national security.

IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger will preside over the “Surge Roundtable,” which will include representatives from major defense firms, defense and industrial policy experts and IAM representatives with manufacturing and defense sector responsibilities. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England will open the conference.

Also participating in the roundtable will be: Pierre A. Chao, Senior Fellow & Director, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Jan M. Lodal, President Atlantic Council of the United States; Pat Choate, Director, Manufacturing Policy Project and USMC Major General Matt Caulfield (Ret.), Executive Director, Helmets to Hardhats.

“As America’s industrial base shrinks, so too does our capacity to produce the unique tooling that is integral to any manufacturing process,” said IAM President Buffenbarger. “We have a duty to assess whether or not we face the loss of critical skills necessary to manufacture the means of our own defense.”