The Future of U.S. Semiconductor Policy: Answering the China Chip Challenge

Date: Jan. 22, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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January 30, 2023
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January 30, 2023
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A little over a week into 2021, and we have plenty to talk about.

As we welcome the 117th Congress into session, they have a lot on their plate, including U.S. semiconductor policy. Five years ago, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) announced a decade-long campaign dubbed “Made in 2025,” designed to secure for itself global dominance in ten key economic and national security sectors, including the crucial semiconductor industry, where an investment of more than $150 billion is underway.

American policymakers have long recognized the importance of semiconductors for U.S. economic and national security. The U.S. semiconductor sector was created with the support of government investment and has been protected by industrial policy over the past 70 years. Today, a bipartisan consensus among national policymakers has embraced a new national semiconductor industrial policy to counter the Chinese challenge. Recent policy measures include increasing federal R&D support and initiating new trade controls and other actions to prevent technology transfer to China.

With a national policy for the semiconductor industry soon to become the responsibility of a new administration, Lincoln Network will host a virtual panel with technology and national security experts to examine recent policy developments and offer recommendations for 2021 and beyond.

Join us, on Friday, January 22, 2021, at 2 pm EST alongside our wonderful lineup:

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Stephen Ezell, Vice-President, Global Innovation Policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

Stephen Ezell

Stephen Ezell focuses on science and technology policy, international competitiveness, trade, manufacturing, and services issues. He is the co-author of Innovating in a Service-Driven Economy: Insights, Application, and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012).

Ezell co-founded Peer Insight in 2003, an innovation research and consulting firm to study the practice of innovation in service industries. Prior to forming Peer Insight, Ezell worked in the New Service Development group at the NASDAQ Stock Market, where he spearheaded the creation of the NASDAQ Market Intelligence Desk. Previously, Ezell cofounded two successful innovation ventures, the high-tech services firm Brivo Systems and Lynx Capital, a boutique investment bank.

Ezell holds a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with an honors certificate from Georgetown’s Landegger International Business Diplomacy program.



Dr. James Mulvenon, Director of Intelligence Integration at SOSi


Dr. Mulvenon is an expert on the Chinese military and Chinese cyber issues and has published widely on Chinese military affairs, party-army relations, C4ISR, and nuclear weapons doctrine and organizations. His more recent publications include Chinese Industrial Espionage: Technology Acquisition and Military Modernization (co-authored with William C. Hannas and Anna B. Puglisi; Routlege, 2013) and “PLA Computer Network Operations: Scenarios, Doctrine, Organizations, and Capability,” (in Roy Kamphausen, et al. Beyond the Strait: PLA Missions Other Than Taiwan, NBR, 2009).

Among his professional affiliations, Dr. Mulvenon is a founding member and current President of the Cyber Conflict Studies Association, is presently a member of the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations, and was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations between 1999 and 2004. Dr. Mulvenon holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and attended Fudan University in Shanghai from 1991-1992.


Roslyn Layton, PhD, Co-Founder, ChinaTechThreat

Roslyn Layton, PhD evaluates international technology policy and regulation with multidisciplinary, evidence-based approaches. She founded ChinaTechThreat to educate the public about the strategies and tactics of the Chinese government. Her recent report Policy Review of Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment: The Art of Balancing Economic and National Security describes the semiconductor policy landscape in the US. Roslyn is a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Electronic Systems at Aalborg University and Senior Vice President of Strand Consult, both in Copenhagen. You can read her column at Forbes.


Dan Lips, Director of Cyber and National Security at Lincoln Network

Prior to Lincoln, from 2011 to 2019, Dan worked on the staff of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, including serving as the majority staff’s homeland security policy director. Before working on Capitol Hill, Dan served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, focusing on cybersecurity and intelligence. From 2000 to 2010, he worked for federal and state think tanks, concentrating primarily on education policy, including serving as a senior policy analyst with the Heritage Foundation. He has served as a member of the D.C. Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He was a 2018-19 Penn Kemble Democracy Forum Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy. He is a visiting fellow with the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his master’s from the Institute of World Politics.


Moderator: Alexiaa Jordan, Innovation, Cyber, and National Security Analyst at Lincoln Network

Alexiaa Jordan is the innovation, cyber, and national security policy analyst at Lincoln Network. Previously, she worked with the international strategic consulting firm RiceHadleyGatesManuel, LLC. Prior to that, she served as a chief of staff in the Illinois House of Representatives. She holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in international economics and security studies, as well as a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in molecular and cellular biology. She is also a Shawn Brimley Next Generation National Security Fellow at CNAS


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