There has never been a more critical time to rebuild the foundation of America's economy. President Obama and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke have both stressed the need to produce goods in America again. Doing so would create more jobs, reduce harmful global trade imbalances, and strengthen the American economy. But it is easier said than done. Manufacturing in America is in serious decline, with 40,000 factory closures and more than five million jobs lost over the last decade alone. How can the United States industrial sector be revived? The Alliance for American Manufacturing-- an innovative partnership of the United Steelworkers union and leading U.S. manufacturers-- asked some of the brightest minds in America for their ideas. 'Manufacturing a Better Future for America' details the challenges and opportunities the country faces at this critical time: trade policy, skills and training, research and development, national security, supply chains, new technology, and globalization. If you want to understand the sector that is most vital to America's economic renewal, you must read this book.