This important paper was shared with me by a regular reader of this site, Mr. BRGA we'll call him, and given our blogging lately on the subject of 3d printing, I thought it essential to pass it along to you to read as well. Given its length, however, I will attempt to restrict my normal commentary to a set of brief initial remarks.
I have been suggesting here and elsewhere, largely in interviews, that there is a scenario of manufacturing retrenchment taking place, and that this appears to be one reason for the promotion of 3D printing - or what the following report calls "additive manufacturing" - on the part of the Angl0-sphere elite. The reason for this has been, I've argued, in part due to the pushback from the BRICSA nations against American unipolarism and unipolar pursuit of a New World Order. The other part, I've argued, is a more hidden "space concern," and the need to not only to retrench a manufacturing base into North America, but to maintain it in a decentralized condition able to output complex items, and do so in large numbers.
While reading the following paper, it is important to note that it confirms some of these ideas - namely, the strategic imperatives behind the 3D printing moves in North America, the assessment of China as the major emerging competitor to that strategic primacy, and the need to make the technology capable of expanding into large scale production, and - quite importantly - the role of "non-state actors," a crucial phrase, especially given the phenomenon of terrorism, and, as I have suggested, postwar Fascist "internationals" and other "international criminal organizations."
One final note: the reader will also observe another technology being mention in almost the same breath: the emergence of directed energy weaponry both as a defensive and offensive weaponry "game changer," an astonishing implication, especially in the context of Ekaterinburg meteors.
For now, the paper: